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AFRICAN MIGRANTS

Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Friday, April 15, 2005

STATE-SPONSORED MIGRATION

Migrate to Australia, if you are crafty! Everyone is a winner under the state-sponsored migration program, just announced. But trying to lure skilled migrants to the land Down Under is not an easy task.

Nevertheless, employers stand to benefit as the Australian commonwealth government tries to boost the migration intake to rescue skills shortage. Under the new scheme, the non-humanitarian program will rise to 140,000 visas in the coming financial year, so says the Immigration Minister, Amanda Vanstone.

And employers sponsoring skilled labor, including bricklayers, electricians, plumbers, and engineers will receive priority treatment under the new dispensation.

Students, too, will benefit from the program. According to the Australian newspaper report, overseas students would also be offered the opportunity to undergo apprenticeship; with an option of becoming permanent residents of Australia.

www.theaustralian.com.au

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