New immigrants will be forced to settle in regional areas for FIVE YEARS under plans to stop all foreigners moving to Sydney and Melbourne
- Immigrants would be forced to settle in regional areas under Government plan
- Decision on the timeframe for the plan was deferred due to the leadership coup
- Scott Morrison’s new cabinet is yet to assess the plan and decide on timeframe
New immigrants would be forced to settle in regional areas instead of metropolitan cities for up to five years under a federal plan to ease congestion in Melbourne and Sydney.
A decision on the time period for mandatory settlement was due to go to the Turnbull cabinet last week, but the leadership spill put that discussion on hold, The Australian reported on Wednesday.
The proposal has yet to be put to Scott Morrison’s new cabinet, and the prime minister’s office would not comment on the development of the policy.
New immigrants would be forced to settle in regional areas instead of metropolitan cities for up to five years under a federal plan to ease congestion in Melbourne and Sydney
It is understood a new visa class would apply to the skilled and family migration program but could also apply to refugees.
Almost 90 per cent of new migrants are settling in metropolitan areas such as Melbourne and Sydney.
A population package put before Government before last week’s leadership spill included the proposal for new migrants to be settled in regional areas for a period of up to five years – after this migrants could choose to relocate.
The newly appointed PM has created a separate portfolio of population to be lead by former Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge.
The newly appointed PM has created a separate portfolio of population to be lead by former Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge (pictured)
Department of Home Affairs figures revealed by The Australian showed that of the 112,000 skilled migrants that arrived in the country over the previous financial year, 87 per cent settled permanently in Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr Tudge has previously said that the number of incoming migrants was not the only factor in growing population pressures, but rather where these migrants were settling and the distribution being focused in major cities.
‘If the population was distributed more evenly, there would not be the congestion pressures that we have today in Melbourne and Sydney,’ Mr Tudge told a forum in Melbourne.
‘Nor would there be if the infrastructure was built ahead of demand,’ he said.