Regional areas benefit from international migrants


02-Jul-2015

Regional areas benefit from international migrants

A recent report by the Regional Australia Institute has shown that migrants are a key source of labour, entrepreneurship and investment in Regional areas. The report states that there are more than 230,000 international migrants settled in regional Australia who are helping to offset relative population decline, with 50 per cent of migrant entrepreneurs in Australia employing workers in their business.

As Australians, we are fortunate that we can enjoy a Chinese banquet one night, a pizza party the next, and maybe even a quick bite of sushi on our lunch break. However, the benefits that migrants bring to regions extend further than just providing different dining options.

“As a regional development organisation, we are in agreement with the report regarding the various ways that migrants help to build stronger regional communities,” said Felicity Taylor-Edwards, CEO of Regional Development Australia Orana.

“However, it is more complex than this. Firstly, when planning for the future workforce needs of a region, it is important to ensure that policy targets the right people to the right place at the right time.”

“Regional Development Australia Orana has engaged in extensive research to identify needs across the Orana region, and is working on strategies to help attract people to our region, from domestic and international locations, as well as growing the capacity of our own regional workforce. This strategic planning will help to support the needs of our region’s businesses and people as the Orana continues to develop and prosper into the future.”

“Secondly, infrastructure investment policy needs to align with expected population growth. Regional Development Australia has been working to identify priority infrastructure projects that will help drive economic development in the Orana and Far West regions. Access to up-to-date infrastructure will encourage more people to move to and stay in the region, and the cycle of economic development will continue.”

As our labour force and infrastructure needs continue to change across our diverse Orana region, it is important to consider the existing benefits, how to meet future demands and emerging opportunities.


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