Immigration and Citizenship Minister Brendan O’ Connor declared last May 14, Tuesday that the government will continually set 190,000 locations for the 2013-2014 migration program, with a level similar to last year.
128,550 visas will be for skilled working immigrants while 60,885 will go to family immigrants, out of the total migration program locations. 565 other migration places will be for special eligibility.
O’Connor stated that, “skilled migration continues to make up more than two-thirds of the program because of its obvious benefits to our economy and society. Targeted skilled migration enables Australia’s economy to grow by addressing skills gaps and bottlenecks.”
The minister emphasized that jobs for Australians will be the government’s number one priority. Despite the increasing need for immigrant workers arising, the domestic workforce will not be replaced nor will it be ignored.
The government stays committed in assisting regional economies as well as developing communities as skilled migration program categories in region, state, and territory remains constant and unchanged.
Minister O’Connor said, “A regionally focused skilled migration program which targets the best and brightest combined with a family program that enables Australians to live with their close relatives and partners will continue to deliver for Australia.”