Immigration and quarantine could lead to economic growth

Immigration and quarantine wold be a cheap way to economic growth, according to academics and organisations. Image by Shutterstock

Since March, Australia has closed its international borders to tourists and migrant workers. The Federal government announced a plan to bring the brightest skilled workers to Australia.

But the population growth this financial year is the slowest in a century, and around 72,000 migrants are outside Australia, leaving an economic impact in the medium term.

Academics and organisations are asking to restart immigration, and quarantining might be a cheap solution to restart immigration, with accommodation centres already operating for those people who live in ‘hotspots’ to avoid a COVID-19 outbreak.

Organisations are concerned about how the government may give more priority to business programs than to humanitarian ones.

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Friday, October 16 2020
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Featured in storyProfessor Robert Breunig - Director of the Tax and Transport Policy Institute from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National UniversityMohammad Al-Khafaji - CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Comunities' Councils of Australia

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