South Australia needs immigration reform in order to attract more workers and students abroad. Property Council of Australia that the state needs a change in its current immigration policy so that it becomes more attractive for foreign talent and investments.
It has released a Nine Point Plan for Migration, the first in a host of policies it will advocate for in the lead up to the State Election. The plan is made in such a way so that it addresses the skill gap that exists in the local labour market. In addition to that, there will be a discussion about the different kind of possibilities to cut the red tape for immigrants who want to settle in Southern Australia.
According to the Property Council executive director Richard Angove, the increased immigration will help to create more business opportunities and to stimulate economic growth. Currently, South Australia attracts a decent number of international students, but most of them leave immediately after graduation due to limited visa opportunities.
South Australia has a reputation for being one of the most livable states in the country. The state election will provide an excellent opportunity to restore immigration growth there. Recent statistical research has indicated that Southern Australia is losing many of its young citizens because of the leave Adelaide in order to settle in other Australian cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Some of them move abroad as well. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that over the past two decades the total number of 20 to 39-year-olds as a proportion of South Australiaís population has fallen by approximately 4% and on average the State has lost 3,185 residents every year to other jurisdictions.