May 2018 | Migrant support groups say proposed visa changes binding migrants to regional and rural areas 'unfair'

Date: 16 May 2018

Source: ABC

Migrant support groups say it would be deeply unfair to force some new arrivals to stay in regional and rural areas.

Yesterday it was revealed that the Turnbull Government was contemplating changes to regional skilled visas, which would bind migrants to rural areas for a set period of time.

The Government has not made any final decisions, and stressed yesterday it was also looking at offering incentives to migrants to keep them in the bush.

But the Assistant Minister for Families David Gillespie said it was "disappointing" and "counter-productive" for regional companies who sponsored migrants to have them move to a city.