Date: 10 Sep 2018
Migrant groups are urging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to tread carefully in slowing the intake of some temporary workers and encouraging new arrivals to settle outside of the major cities.
Mr Morrison has also suggested there could be a case for cutting the number of overseas students coming to certain universities as he confronts surging population growth in Sydney and Melbourne.
Carla Wilshire, from the Migration Council of Australia, says there are enormous benefits in regional resettlement for individuals and communities.
"However, it's critical we have the necessary social infrastructure invested into these regional locations," Ms Wilshire told AAP on Sunday.
"We also need to remember a lot of temporary workers that are settling in metropolitan areas are doing so because they have specific skills or qualifications that are vital to building the economy of the future."