The State Government has welcomed the Federal Government’s Budget commitment to increase the number of skilled migrants allowed into the country next financial year.
Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk said increasing the number of places by 37,500 to a total of 190,300 would help meet Western Australia’s demand for skills.
WA is a popular destination for skilled migrants, and the State Migration Centre already has a successful program for attracting skilled migrants.
“I am very pleased the Federal Government listened to this State’s strong representations about the need for skilled migrants, to address the numerous opportunities provided by our booming economy,” Ms Quirk said.
“Increasing the number of skilled migration places will allow WA’s State Migration Centre to continue, and even increase the number of sponsorships offered to skilled migrants.”
The State Migration Centre has State Migration visits scheduled for India, China, South Africa and the United Kingdom during 2008, to attract skilled workers to move to WA.
“Our comprehensive skills attraction program is working well, and the extra 37,500 skilled migration places made available by the Federal Government in the next financial year, will be most welcome,” the Minister said.
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