Without young overseas migrants, Australia would face labour shortage

Without young overseas migrants, Australia would face labour shortage

Young foreign migrants entering Australian shores made up for 80 percent of the growth in workers in the past five years until 2016.

The number of people employed increased by 730,000 people between 2011 and 2016. Of this, 600,000 were migrants, most of them in their 20s, who came to Australia in these five years.

One of Australia’s top demographers, Professor Peter McDonald of the University of Melbourne, was quoted by The Australian as saying that had migration not been there, the country’s workforce below the age of 55 would not have increased in the period 2011-2016.

He said that migrants of a young age transform the age structure of the workforce. Most of the other growth happening in labour force is due to the rise in participation of older women and presence of older people in the workforce. Professor McDonald says it is not right to say that migrants are taking away jobs of Australians.

According to him, younger and older workers are not replacements, but additions. He says that while younger workers are equipped with the hi-tech skills, older workers bring to the table their experience. He said that it is nice to have such mix.

Professor McDonald rejects the notion that migrants are stealing the jobs of the unemployed. Migrants are not employed is the same workforce as unemployed people, he adds.

He states that most unemployed Australians are very low-skilled. They are early school dropouts and get jobs when the economy is looking up, but they are otherwise not present in the labour force.

Singapore Born Kelly Hotta, a 30-year-old, who graduated from Cornell University in New York, came to Australia with skills in data analytics in April 2016. She loves Sydney and says that contributing something to Australia was important for her. She is hoping that she be made a permanent resident with her employer’s support.

If you are looking to migrate to Australia, get in touch with Y-Axis, an immigration consultancy firm of repute, to take the help of its counsellors.

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