Australia Family Sponsored Migration Cut
FAMILY migration will be cut by almost 10 per cent as the Rudd government moves to increase the productive capacity of its immigrant population. But its commitment to a “Big Australia” remains, despite political heat over the nation’s carrying capacity, with the overall size of the migration program unmoved at 168,700 places. Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the government would cut family migration places by 5750 and general skilled migration places by 3600, replacing them with 9150 additional employer-sponsored skilled migrants. Healthcare, engineering and mining were some of the high-skill areas highlighted in the budget.