17 April 2012
With a new process to streamline Australia's skilled migration
set to be introduced on July 1, debate over bringing in workers --
temporarily or permanently -- to address the country's skills
shortages continues to rage. Some argue skilled immigrants threaten
the jobs of unemployed Australians.
However, demographer Peter McDonald of the ARC
Centre of Excellence for Population Ageing Research suggests this
is not the case. Migrants can help to grow the economy and raise
the wages of lower-skilled workers, he says, although they are only
part of Australia's future economic growth story. Prolonging the
participation of older people at work is vital, along with ramping
up infrastructure to boost productivity.