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This is a heart breaking news for those who wish to migrate to Australia........ and I'm one of it.

Rudd rolls up migrant welcome mat

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has flagged a cut in immigration because of the global financial crisis, faltering economic growth and a rise in unemployment.

Mr Rudd said the current immigration rate was an increase on the previous year.

He said that increase was to meet employer demands for more skilled workers, particularly in mining and resource intensive Western Australia and Queensland.

"As with all previous governments, and mine's the same, whenever we set immigration targets we will adjust them according to the economic circumstances of the day," he told the Fairfax Radio Network in Melbourne .

The 2008-09 Migration Program is set at 190,300 places, representing a 19.8 per cent increase on the 2007-08 program. The figure includes 56,500 places for family migrants sponsored by people already in Australia and 133,500 places for those with special skills.

But that's now been criticised as excessively large in a period of economic turmoil.

Mr Rudd said immigration was not one-size-fits-all across the country and the government would take advice on where skilled workers were needed.

Monash University researcher Andrew Markus has estimated that of the 21 million Australians, a quarter were born abroad - twice the proportion of the population in the United States and three times that of Britain.

Britain and New Zealand are still the largest source countries, but almost every country is represented.

6 comments:

Esmeralda said...

Hi Pei Mun
Me and my hb also considering migrating to Australia. Where did u get the info from? Mind to share? Does it affect PR holders? Thks..

FAMILY FIRST said...

so how now? what is your next plan?

peimun said...

Esmeralda,
We are trying to get the PR via this Professionals and other skilled Migrants programme. We plan to self apply it instead of appoint an agent to do it. More info you may visit this website:

http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/index.htm

Family First,
We need to take the IELTS test ASAP so that we can lodge our application ASAP too.

Hubby told me that he read from some of the forum that the processing time is longer now.... need abt 2 yrs.

Esmeralda said...

Hi Pei Mun..
Thanks for the link. Btw, where did u get the news regarding the change of policy by Kevin Rudd?

peimun said...

Esmeralda,
Here is the link for the news....
http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/5070281/rudd-rolls-migrant-welcome-mat/

Do you have MSN? if yes, plz add me at opm78@hotmail.com

Esmeralda said...

Thks again. I've added u in MSN aldry. Mine is f_ling88@hotmail.com

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