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Published on November 4th, 2013 | by john.weir

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More overseas workers flood into Australia

Several hundred thousand overseas workers – many from the UK – are now in Australia, taking advantage of the jobs on offer.

Working holiday numbers have soared by 14 per cent over the year, with about 166,000 in Oz, according to the latest Immigration Department data. Most come from the UK, Germany and Ireland.

Monash University migration expert Dr Bob Birrell said the uncapped program had produced a flood of young people from job-hungry countries in Europe and Asia.

“They are accessing our labour market but increasingly at the expense of young Australians who are looking for lower skilled entry level jobs,” he said. Also competing for local jobs are skilled workers on 457 visas, whose numbers have risen by 12 per cent to almost 200,000.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union national secretary Dave Noonan said there were more than 13,000 foreigners working in the building industry, mainly in Sydney and Melbourne – not remote locations as was often believed.

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