Government considers forcing regional migrants to stay rural

June 08, 2018

SBS reports, Federal Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge says many migrants who were specifically sponsored for regional jobs are later quitting those jobs and moving to the cities, perpetuating skills shortages in regional towns.

"If they've come in on the basis of being employed in a regional area, then we think it's not an unreasonable expectation that they stay in that area for a certain amount of time," Mr Tudge said.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says he doesn't have a problem with the concept, but it's not worth doing unless governments reduce business costs - including the world's highest electricity prices - so there are new jobs for those migrants to fill first.

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