Immigrants have crowded Australia’s south coast, and the government is planning to move them to regional areas so that pressure on infrastructure and resources can be brought down. Alan Tudge, Australian minister for citizenship and multicultural affairs, said that they are always looking for ways to effectively bind people to regional areas if they’ve got sponsorship to those locations. According to research authors Louise Roos and John Madden, abolishing the 457 visa subclass was an ineffective way to divert people towards rural areas.
Australian government introduced a stricter 457 visa subclass in 2016 that allows immigrants to work in Australia for up to four years. Employers from anywhere in Australia can hire foreign-born employees, and it can also be used to transfer them to semi-urban areas or rural areas. In the research conducted, the two authors created two situations. In the first one, employers transferred 457 visa holders to the non-metropolitan area. In the second situation, the employees chose to live in a regional area. There was a decrease in wage at the national level between those who worked in urban areas and semi-urban areas when they were forced to go, but there wasn’t any difference when they chose to settle in semi-urban areas.
Regional settlement schemes
In five to 10 years, regional GDP looked the same as urban GDP, and that’s because the Australian government increased relocation to those areas from urban areas. Some top Australian regional skilled migration programs are skilled nominated visa, skilled regional visa, and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
All these schemes allow you to stay in Australia indefinitely, but they have to live in the rural area for a minimum of two years. It is actually a wise choice for skilled immigrants to work in rural areas, where the cost of living is equally cheaper, to live a quieter life and have more money to travel and make big houses.