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Youngsters from countries such as Spain and Greece to be given Australian work visas

November 2013, 06
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Melbourne in Australia
Youngsters from countries which are struggling financially, for e.g., Greece and Spain to be given Australian work visas due to a huge migration scheme being brought out by the government. The Immigration department is very keen on pushing this working holiday program forward, but critics are warning that this will threaten local jobs. 

According to the annual report of the Immigration department this is the largest kind of program in the world, with 260,000 visas already issued in 2012-2013. Australia is currently negotiating with 13 countries and has visa arrangements with 28 countries already, which also include countries such as Portugal, Spain and Greece which are financially handicapped. 

This program gives permission to youngsters between the age of 18-30 to work in Australia, and many unions and migration experts have been criticising this move because they feel it will threaten the job market for local people. They also added that Europeans especially come to Australia on working holiday maker visas and than later on their employers sponsor them for long-term visas.

The Immigration authorities though say that this visa program is giving a very strong support to many industries in Australia such as tourism, construction, mining and agricultural. The annual report of the Immigration department says that out of every 100 working holiday makers that come into the country Australia has a net gain of 6.3 full time jobs. So, the estimated net gain would be 16,000 jobs which are full-time. Many other countries such as Poland, Slovakia, Vietnam, Israel, Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic and mexico are negotiating with Australia for this scheme.

38,147 people were help in immigration detention centres in Australia in 2012-2013, which is double the number from last year. out of these almost 2800 people overstayed or breached their visa conditions and around 28,000 were unauthorised arrivals, mainly by boat. There were 190,000 places in the 2012-2013 permanent migration program, out of which the skilled stream had 129,000 places. Humanitarian visas were also granted to 20,000 people.

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