English test eyed for all new arrivals

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 14-Jun-18

The Federal Government may require future migrants to have basic English language skills in order to qualify for permanent residency. There is growing concern that many migrants lack sufficient English language skills, which affects their ability to integrate and gain employment. Analysis of Census data suggests that more than one million people in Australia may have limited or no English language skills by 2021. The proposal for migrants to have minimum conversational language skills will be outlined by Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alan Tudge on 14 June.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, SYDNEY INSTITUTE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Migration a net boost to economy

Original article by Simon Benson, Sam Buckingham-Jones
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 17-Apr-18

The Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs have released a report which highlights the economic benefits of Australia’s immigration policy. It concludes that at current levels, the nation’s permanent migrant intake will boost average GDP growth by between 0.5 per cent and one per cent annually over the three decades to 2050. Amongst other things, the report estimates that skilled migrants who were granted permanent visas in 2014-15 will make a combined net contribution of $A6.9bn to government revenue over their lifetime. Treasurer Scott Morrison says the report supports the government’s policy of not having a fixed annual permanent migrant intake.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

Migrant numbers in sharp plunge

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 13-Apr-18

Australia’s permanent migrant intake fell to 183,608 in 2016-17, and stricter scrutiny of visa applicants is expected to see it fall to between 160,000 and 170,000 in 2017-18. The downturn in permanent migrant numbers will require the Federal Government to adjust its estimates in the 2019 Budget, although the May 2018 Budget will not be affected. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton proposed reducing the permanent migrant intake by 20,000 in 2017. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has confirmed that the issue had been discussed by ministers, he says it was not put before Cabinet.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE TREASURY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

PM toughens citizenship test

Original article by Simon Benson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 20-Apr-17

The Federal Government will impose stricter rules for foreigners seeking to become Australian citizens, as part of sweeping changes to immigration and visa rules. Amongst other things, people applying for citizenship will have to demonstrate adherence with "Australian values", while they will be subject to stricter criminal background checks and have better English-language skills than required at present. People will also not be eligible for citizenship unless they have resided in Australia for a minimum of four years.

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AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF IMMIGRATION AND BORDER PROTECTION, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET