Make sense of Australia’s migration policies, with news reports and interviews about visas, citizenship, passports and more from the SBS News team.
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Experts say migration key to Australia's growth as population ages
The government's Intergenerational Report suggests a significant proportion of Australians will age out of the workforce in the coming years. Business groups and economists are urging the government to look to migration as a solution for the job vacancies those retirements will create.
More protection needed for migrant workers on temporary visas
Last year 137,090 temporary visas were granted, adding to the numbers of the estimated more-than 1.6 million temporary migrants already living in Australia. Because of the rules restricting their employment, they can be subject to exploitation by unscrupulous employers - but lack protection if they try to report what's happened to them. Now, a group of migrant support organisations have put together a blueprint to add some legal protection for migrants on temporary visas.
Parent Visas system slammed as 'dysfunctional'
A new report examining the backlog of more than 137,000 parent visa applications has described the system as "dysfunctional". Commissioned by the Scanlon Foundation, the report found the waiting period of between 30 and 50 years means the probability of successful migration is "virtually non-existent for many applicants". Report author Peter Mares tells SBS's Angelica Waite that the current system is in urgent need of reform.
Refugee to walk 1,000km to highlight plight of people on bridging visas
A Tamil refugee in regional Victoria is planning to walk 1,000 kilometres to Sydney, to raise awareness of plight of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia still living in limbo after more than a decade. Neil Para says he is among 12,000 asylum seekers and refugees who have no certainty about their futures