Migrants shun state as reality hits home

Original article by Andrew Burrell
The Australian – Page: 2 : 22-Nov-17

Many skilled migrants who came to Western Australia to take advantage of its resources boom have ended up in jobs that require less skills. This is due to the boom having ended at around the time they arrived, while others moved to other states in an attempt to find jobs more in line with their skills. A study undertaken by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre and released on 21 November has found that over half of the skilled migrants that came to WA and are still there are working in lower-skilled jobs. The study concludes that the poor utilisation of migrant skills is an issue that Australia as a whole needs to deal with.


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