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Australian businesses call for rise in skilled migrants

The Australian business community is calling on the government to lift its skilled migration intake from 190,000 to 220,000 per year as chronic skills shortages threaten to damage the country’s economic growth.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox warned of ‘persistent skills shortages’ in key sectors such as mining, engineering, infrastructure and health.

‘The skill shortages situation is even more serious in relation to occupations requiring science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills’, he said. ‘The quickest stop gap measure is to import skills.’


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