Experts: Australia’s visa system “lazy” and “low-skilled”

The Australian’s Adam Creighton penned a thought-provoking article yesterday, whereby he described Australia’s “wide-scale immigration from poorer countries” both “low-skilled” and “lazy” policy:

Why worry about how to “engage” with Asia when we were becoming an Asian country?…

By 2023, the Chinese-born population of Australia — which grew by half to 650,000 across the five years to last year (more than eight times faster than overall population) — will likely exceed those born in England.

Last year, our Indian-born population, which grew even faster (nine times population growth) to 590,000, overtook the number of New Zealanders…

Meanwhile, the number of Brazilian-born residents is up 130 per cent to 46,500 in five years and the number of Nigerians has risen 95 per cent to 12,500. Migration from North Africa and the Middle East, especially Syria, Iraq and ­Afghanistan, has surged too, up 22 per cent to 469,000…

For these migrants from developing counties, coming to Australia can be a boon… For lower-skilled natives, improved cuisine notwithstanding, it may not be so beneficial…

The smaller number of hardworking, studious Asians who came to dominate the professions, especially medicine, are giving way to vastly greater numbers of temporary student migrants vying for low-skill jobs. The number of foreigners on student or post-­student work visas has exploded from 365,000 in 558,000, in just four years to June last year.

Despite all the rhetoric about skills and targeted occupation lists, our migrants are increasingly in low-skilled work, whatever their visa might say.

“Of the one million temporary visa holders — a number that’s almost doubled since 2007 — almost 60 per cent of the 600,000 who are in work are in low-skill occupations,” Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley says. “Everyone thinks we’re running a high-skill migration program, but it’s low-skilled in reality,” he adds.

Remarkably, 24 per cent of workers with temporary skilled visas are in low-skilled occu­pations, he finds…

Overseeing wide-scale immigration from poorer countries is a lazy achievement. In 1980, Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s longstanding leader, quipped that Australia would become the poor white trash of Asia. He was wrong, but he could end up being half right if we continue to depend on massive, lower-skilled immigration from Asia to paper over our economic problems.

Various academics have raised similar concerns about Australia’s visa system becoming increasingly low-skilled and deleterious for Australian workers.

For example, Chris Wright and Stephen Clibborn from the University of Sydney published the following last year in a report entitled Back Door, Side Door or Front Door? An Emerging De-Facto Low-Skilled Immigration Policy in Australia:

Our analysis identifies that the gradual opening of ‘side door’ visa schemes that fall outside of the formal scope of official skilled immigration policy, such as student and working holiday visas, and the growing number of ‘back door’ unauthorized migrants without any right to work, have allowed some employers in certain sectors to develop a reliance on large migrant workforces engaged to perform low-skilled, low-paid occupations…

Iain Campbell noted likewise in the recent book, Wage Crisis in Australia:

This chapter argues that the expansion of temporary labour migration is a significant development in Australia and that it has implications for wage stagnation…

Three main facts about their presence in Australia are relevant to the discussion of wage stagnation. First, there are large numbers of TMWs in Australia, currently around 1.2 million persons. Second, those numbers have increased strongly over the past 15 years. Third, when employed, many TMWs are subject to exploitation, including wage payments that fall below — sometimes well below — the minimum levels specified in employment regulation…

Official stock data indicate that the visa programmes for international students, temporary skilled workers and working holiday makers have tripled in numbers since the late 1990s… In all, the total number of TMWs in Australia is around 1.2 million persons… TMWs now make up around 6% of the total Australian workforce…

Most international students and temporary skilled workers, together with many working holiday makers, see themselves as involved in a project of ‘staggered’ or ‘multi-step’ migration, whereby they hope to leap from their present status into a more long-term visa status, ideally permanent residency…

Though standard accounts describe Australian immigration as oriented to skilled labour, this characterisation stands at odds with the abundant evidence on expanding temporary migration and the character of TMW jobs. It is true that many TMWs, like their counterparts in the permanent stream, are highly qualified and in this sense skilled. However, the fact that their work is primarily in lower-skilled jobs suggests that it is more accurate, as several scholars point out, to speak of a shift in Australia towards a de facto low-skilled migration programme…

Increases in labour supply allow employers in sectors already oriented to flexible and low-wage employment, such as horticulture and food services, to sustain and extend strategies of labour cost minimisation…

So too has the Grattan Institute:

The FWO investigation of horticulture and viticulture businesses along the Harvest Trail found serious underpayment at 130 of the 836 businesses investigated. And a series of other FWO investigations suggest that underpaying of low-skill migrant workers is widespread…

Australia is now running a predominantly low-skill migration system…. Because of visa conditions, many of these migrants have incentives to work for less than minimum wages, and there is anecdotal evidence that many do… It is possible that the scale of this influx to the labour market is depressing wages and increasing under-employment specifically for low-skill younger workers.

Even the ACTU acknowledges the problem:

The relatively recent availability of a large and vulnerable pool of temporary migrant workers has undoubtedly contributed to current record low levels of wages growth and a growing reluctance by employers to train local workers…

While there are approximately 1.5 million temporary entrants with work rights, the overseas worker team at the Fair Work Ombudsman consists of only 17 full time inspectors to investigate cases of exploitation – over 80,000 visa workers per inspector. Inadequate enforcement and penalties act as an incentive for employers to exploit temporary workers when the benefit from doing so outweighs the cost of the penalty. or where the probability of being caught is sufficiently low….

Migration intermediaries have a vested interest in inflating demand. Australia has created a massive industry with many migration agents outside of our jurisdiction who cannot be prosecuted for breaches. This mushrooming “migration industry”- a complex and transnational web of agents, lawyers, labour recruiters, accommodation brokers and loan sharks – is currently largely unregulated.

The growth of labour hire operators alongside the migration industry has led to companies seeking to sell temporary migrant workers to employers, creating a fake “Job Network” which preferences temporary workers over Australians.

The evidence is overwhelming, and yet the tsunami of temporary migrants into Australia has continued unabated and hit another record high in trend terms in June 2019:

Wage theft and Australia’s stubbornly low wage growth will not improve until the visa tap is turned-off.

Unconventional Economist

Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.

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  1. Any critical discussion of the imposed massive Third World immigration program, better described as the Asianisation of Australia, is taboo.
    The only hope is a Great Orator.
    Graeme Campbell wrote in his ‘Immigration and Consensus’ in 1992.
    ‘There had been simmerings of discontent among the general public at the rate of increase in Asian immigration from the time of the Fraser Government. It was known by the “elites” that the general public was not happy with both the composition of the immigration intake and the policy of multiculturalism, but the general public was easy to handle as long as it had no focus and was not organised All the elites, including crucially the great bulk of the media were in agreement that these two issues should not be publicly discussed, or, if discussed, in such a way as to discredit those who questioned them. ‘

    The people were ignored back then, and the ‘immigration program’ is far more ruinous since those days and still the people are ignored by the elites.

    • needs something as a catalyst – to spark the wider public awareness and revolt against the bipartisan political party and vested interest muffling of any immigration policy debate.

      It’s not that Australians are particularly anti immigrant.
      It’s both the intake volume, quality & the concentration.

      ▪️Volume.
      I suspect most Australians would be happier to see the current or even increased refugee intake but massive reductions in the ‘2,561,000 TR’, controls on the ‘l696,00 000! ‘NZ ScV’ to be only genuine NZ born citizens, and a crackdown in the 440,000 or so illegally working ‘Tourist Visitors’.

      ▪️Quality of the migrant intake.

      🔹1.9 million PR in the last decade.(ABS)
      88% third world, 78% unskilled & welfare dependent or a net tax and social burden. Most remaining as sole Chinese or Indian passport holders, or dual passport with no allegiance or contribution to Australia.
      Only here to steal welfare & Medicare.

      🔹2.561 million TR / SCV. (DHA & VisaSure)
      Predominantly third world poor unskilled trafficked in on a pretext long / very long stay visa (with visa churn and COe churn up to a 9 year stay) or via the NZ SCV loophole with over 1/3rd or 260,000 of the NZ Sacv being non NZ born Indian or Asian entering as permanent stay / full work rights.
      An entire underclass of Chinese Hukou peasantry, north and south Asian petty criminals & vice workers, Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepalese, Pakistani & Middle Eastern Fake student / spousal / bridging / spousal/ so called skilled / partners / dependent.

      All lowlife third world amoral trafficked in to steal Australian jobs housing degrade our education into a visa alibi rort the appeals tribunal.

      🔹And then we have the 440,000 illegally working ‘tourist visitors’ (DHA – 5% of the 8.8 million TV enter Australia each year to work & live illegally – DHA submission to the parliamentary committee).
      Again all low life third woke Chinese, North & south Asian, Indian, Arab & others only here to lie, cheat & steal.
      🔹Plus the 65,000 Overstayers.. (DHA)

      ➡️ That’s 5 million.
      Predominantly third world unskilled useless scrapings
      from the bottom of the barrel.
      Third world slum clearance and rural poor, misfits, old, sick, non assimilating, non productive, useless.
      Chinese.
      We have well over a million Chinese mainland born communists onshore.

      1.3 million if the TR & TV are included.
      283,000 Chinese mainland born communists as citizens- earlier wave old & sick,
      483,000 Chinese mainland born communists as PR but in 🇨🇳China First🇨🇳 Sole passports thieving our welfare & Medicare.
      384,000 Chinese mainland born communists as TR including as foreign students, Parker’s or other visa categories.
      155,000 Chinese mainland born communists trafficked via the NZ ‘stepping stones SCV loophole into Australia.
      Over 150,000 Chinese mainland born communists as illegally working Tourist Visitors,
      And say 20,000 as overstayers.
      That’s 1.3 million Chinese mainland born communists onshore of which only a small fraction are citizens.
      1.1 million of these Chinese mainland born communists are here as ‘guests’ or ‘colonisers’.

      Indians? – much the same.
      655,000 as citizens or PR preying on the welfar and Medicare.
      Another 250,000 as TR – at least.
      Another 80,000 trafficked via the NZ SCV loophole
      And over 100,000 entering as illegally working & living tourist visitors or as Overstayers.
      Total 1.1 million Indians onshore.

      ▪️Concentration.

      No location controls.
      No tracking.
      No visa enforcement.
      Fake identity systemic.
      86%+ plus or 4.3 million of the combined 5 million third world non citizens in just 2 cities – Sydney & Melbourne.

      🔹Sydney pop 5.2 million
      0.9 million Third world migrant PR
      1.3 million Third World migrant TR
      0.2 million Third World migrant TV & overstayers.
      2.4 million non citizen migrants
      46% or nearly 1 in every 2 people.

      Living in vast foreign criminal run slum enclaves
      1.5 million are out west – whole suburbs now ethnically cleansed of Australians.

      🔹Melbourne pop 5.0 million.
      0.7 million third world migrant PR
      1.0 million third world migrant TR / SCV
      0.2 million third world migrant TV & overstayers
      Total 2.1 million migrant non citizens.
      42% or over 2 in 5 people in Melbourne is a third world migrant non citizen.

      There is your ‘congestion, filth, vice, crime, overload, environment degradation, squalor, and non assimilating migrant enclaves’
      Go visit Sydney western suburbs sometime.
      There is your evidence of our broken border and totally corrupted visa system.

    • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

      Australian thugs aren’t thuggish enough – they can be improved with some African diversity. Look at America’s street thugs, among the best in the world, thanks to African vibrancy.

      • even in Africa, the Nigerians are the most feared thugs, they come in and take over vice from the local tribes

        • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

          In terms of diversity studies at University, progressive students should really spend some time studying the genocidal rampages of the Bantu.

          If they did then they might realise that the majority of the slaves sold into the slave trade came from these rampages, especially as they moved into areas of Africa that had traditionally and culturally been broad Matriarchal societies.

          • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

            There are very few books or literature on the Bantu Expansion that are written for non-specialists…. for some reason if the protagonists aren’t evil white colonists or invaders there is little motivation to research it. Textbooks and reference works are often a better starting point. Most of the research is devolved from Archaeologists studying iron usage and linguists studying languages.

          • Shifty Politician

            Thank you – I have spent some time in academia and understand your points.

            The history of Slavery covers a good deal of inter-African (Islamic) brutality – utility is entirely diametric to ideation.

          • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

            From what I understand the East African (Islamic) slave trade dwarfed the West African slave trade, with much of the sourced product coming from the Matriarchal societies of East Africa.

            It is interesting to observe the relative resource abundance, from a subsistence perspective, that gave rise to the Matriarchal societies that dominate those regions.

            When men weren’t needed and women control society, men tend to become preening peacocks and useless other than as sperm banks, which left those regions devoid of any organised defense to invaders who harvested the population for the trade (typically, the patriarchy):

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrilineal_belt

            Can see some parrallels with the relative resource abundance that has been achieved in the West and the growing influence feminine values is having on our societies today, especially in regards to securing borders, attitudes towards promiscuity, fecklessness, etc.

        • Crap talk. Have you ever been to Nigeria or Africa? Any data to back up your Claim? All we need in the world is peace and not malicious fake statements, capable to further divide us.. Research more..

          • When I asked Africans here what would happen if I went to Africa they told me I was at a high risk of being kidnapped, raped and murdered in many parts for being white. I checked the travel warnings and there are plenty. I’m not really into that way of life or death so I’ll stay here. Unfortunately certain Africans have introduced us to violence on our own soil.

          • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

            It is racist for existing Australians to resist being subjected to the same diverse cultural views on the importance of human life that exist in other parts of the world.

        • Here we go again.. Right wing… always happy to post fake news.. How many thugs have you hired from Nigeria?

          • @Tahly, Africa is a big continent and not sure you meant everywhere in the whole continent is dangerous. Have been there, Asia, Middle East, Europe.. Never felt or sensed danger. Again depends on where you go and who you deal with. Personal experience always best than media scare tactics..

          • RE your comment below.
            So you went there but didn’t see or experience it so it doesn’t exist.
            What school did you go to?

      • I was in Melbourne last week for work. It’s gone backwards IMHO. It seems to be harder to get around, it’s more crowded and seems dirtier. But what do I know about what makes a livable city.

        • No, I agree. I haven’t lived there for 12+ years now, but it’s gone backwards due to population crush for sure. The amount of substandard apartment blocks/units thrown up over every suburbs with a rail/tram line in it is quite shocking. Brunswick is almost unrecognisable compared to 10 years ago.

          Getting around is bad, but not as bad as Sydney yet. However Melbourne isn’t far behind that madness, the only thing that saved it is better planning from years ago (grid layouts etc..) and infrastructure makes more sense than Sydney. But those dividends are not paying out the same. The level of crime has increased also, it’s not nearly as nice as it was growing up there. Of course housing affordability is woeful too.

    • Was lucky to have attended one of the best schools out there..
      And I actually lived there. Worked on projects aimed at creating jobs and alleviating poverty there.. So yeah, am well schooled!

  2. at the same time Southern and South-eastern Europe born residents of Australia recorded the largest decline 110k between 1996 and 2017

    I remember those saying 50 or so years ago how these “lazy” and “low-skilled” WOGs are going to change Australian identity. So don’t worry, soon life in their home countries will get better than here so they’s first stop coming and than start returning

  3. Got to keep that GDP number in positive territory so shuddup raycists!

    Besides, what would George Soros say …..

    • this is not first time we are doing this immigration to rescue economy trick.
      in mid 80s when our economy almost hit recession we doubled our permanent immigration, than in 2001 we did the same thing again, and now again

      • There seems to be little political pushback against current levels of 270,000 per year. The only people who complain are racial1st!
        Perhaps we can double it to 540,000 and save ourselves from recession again?

        • in late 80s it didn’t work
          just two years later recession hit and only people immigrating to Australia were desperate people like those escaping bloody war in Yugoslavia.

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    I agree that Australians are lazy and need to be replaced with skilled workers from more vibrant countries.

  5. IMG disparity in RACGP exam results revealed
    https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/img-disparity-racgp-exam-results-revealed

    The pass rate in the RACGP written fellowship exams among IMGs outside the registrar training program is just 37% — nearly half of that for GP registrars, Australian Doctor has learnt. There have been long-running concerns about the support available for IMGs working in areas of need who are attempting to gain fellowship through the so-called practice eligible pathway.

    For the first time, the college has released figures on exactly how they are faring. It said 1490 doctors sat the Key Features Problem exam on February 1 this year. Only 37% of candidates on the practice eligible pathway passed, compared to 73% of doctors on the Australian General Practice Training program. However, there were also significant pass rate differences for candidates within the training program. Some 83% of Australian-trained registrars passed the exam, but this figure fell to 56% for IMG registrars.

  6. Problem solved. UK reinstated 2 years post study visa. Be sure student coming to Australia will drop significantly. Finally your prayers are answered..