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Published on July 1st, 2009 | by john.weir

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Temporary skilled migration to Australia falls by 25%

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) , has reported that the current global economic crisis is affecting skilled migration to a number of western countries, including Australia, reports the Irish Times.

According to the report, entitled International Migration Outlook, the crisis is hitting immigrants harder than native-born workers, with unemployment levels among immigrants almost doubling in some countries since the recession set in. As a result of of the downturn, the environment for migration policies is getting tougher, with unemployment tests being more strictly applied and programmes to encourage recent arrivals to return to their home countries being introduced.

The USA for instance, has seen the allocation limit for the main US temporary work visa not reached this year. In Australia, they have witnessed a decline in temporary skilled migration of more than 25 per cent in the first four months of 2009.

However, the OECD predicted that economic recovery would mean the pressures in labour markets would reassert themselves, and global migration flows were likely to rebound as a result.

To find out how the changes in migration policy to Australia are affecting your chances of a new life down under, why not visit one of our Emigration Seminars ?

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