Oct 2018 | Decentralising migration doesn't work, history shows

Date: 17 Oct 2018

Source: ABC

Population Minister Alan Tudge last week raised the idea that new migrants be sent to regions outside Australia's major cities, as part of their visa conditions.

What many Australians don't realise is that the Minister is reprising a model first imposed upon newly arrived migrants after World War II.

"Too often politicians say we just need to shift, we just need to decentralise, we just need to shift Australia's population growth to other regions," economist Leith van Onselen told 7.30.

"Australia's been trying to decentralise for 100 years without much success.

"I think it's a bit of a pipe dream to think you can create migrant-proof fences and electronic tags and somehow hold migrants to regional areas."