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Migration dire for economy...

posted Oct 19, 2009, 9:44 PM by recruitment USDX   [ updated Sep 20, 2010, 9:41 PM ]

Australia's economy will flounder if the federal government does not increase its temporary skilled migrant intake, an immigration expert has told a world IT forum.

Source:Sydney Morning Herald

In 1996, the Howard government introduced the 457 business visa, which is uncapped and driven by employers' demands for personnel, and provides a pathway to permanent migration.

Economic migration policy expert Alan Chanesman, chief executive of immigration strategy firm Lipman James, told the World Computer Congress in Brisbane that the IT sector in particular is especially valuable, as it fuels the economy with billions of dollars contributing to 66 per cent of GDP.