Australia and Greece start negotiating new Working Holiday Agreement


The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship has announced that it will begin negotiations with Greece about establishing a new Work and Holiday Visa agreement.

According to the Australian Minister of Immigration Chris Bowen, the agreement will strengthen the intercultural exchange and the social and economic ties between the two countries. The new Work and Holiday arrangement will allow young people from Australia and Greece to visit each country for up to 12 months.

In addition to that, they will have the opportunity to undertake short-term employment in order to finance their travel. Similar to other working holiday programs, this one will have a limit on the number of people that can receive working holiday visas within a given year.

The new program is supported by the Greek Orthodox Community in Australia and by many employers. Chris Bowen points out that in the next several years the Australian economy will need around 800 000 new workers in order to ensure that the economic boom which is caused by the expanding resource sector will continue.

According to a recent report of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, only the Australian Service Industry will create demand for more than 240 000 working places. Resource companies, on the other hand, will need at least 100 000 new workers. The new Work and Holiday Visa could be an excellent opportunity for skilled workers from Greece who want to escape their homeland which has been hit by a devastating economic crisis and has unemployment rates of nearly 23%.

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