Australian PM Scott Morrison feels that states are in the best position to determine immigration numbers. The states should plan where migrants settle so that they may be funneled into growth areas.
Morrison has signaled that migrants may be asked to spend 5 years in regional areas if they want PR. It is the states who plan infrastructures like roads, schools, and hospitals. They should, hence, be able to say where they want population growth.
The Australian Govt. sets an annual quota for skilled and family migration. The current cap is at 190,000, as quoted by SBS.
Morrison, however, is of the opinion that the states should request the Federal Govt. for a certain number of migrants each year. To handle the rise in population, the states would also need to show that they have the required infrastructure.
Morrison also said that putting conditions on non-permanent visas could make migrants settle in regional areas.
Abul Rizvi, former Deputy Secretary, said that co-operation between the Federal Govt. and the states were an excellent idea. He also pointed out that skilled Visa like Subclass 190 was already distributed among the Australian states. It is distributed based on the nomination numbers received from each state and territory in Australia.
Rizvi feels that the major cities do not have the adequate infrastructure to handle rising population growth. Hence, the focus should be on total migration and not just on the permanent stream.
Temporary visa holders like tourist and students put more strain on transport and housing market, added Rizvi.
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