Bipartisan support for endless Indian migrant flood


Anybody hoping for a saner immigration policy from the Coalition would be deeply disappointed in leader Peter Dutton’s speech to India’s Jindal Global University on Friday.

Peter Dutton explicitly stated that he wants more Indian immigration to Australia and fully supports the Albanese Government’s open borders immigration pacts signed this year which will allow cut-price Indian workers to migrate to Australia to compete for jobs and housing:


According to Dutton:

“Between 2015 and 2022, Indian temporary visa holders increased from around 140,000 to 283,000. An average of around 32,000 Indians migrated permanently to Australia each year”.

“And more than 209,000 Indians became Australian citizens”.

“Tellingly, the number of Australians with Indian ancestry numbers more than 780,000, some 164,000 more since the 2016 Census- something of which I am incredibly proud”.

“Indeed, there is a strong bipartisan support between the two major political parties in Australia when it comes to nurturing migration with India”.

“When Prime Ministers Modi and Albanese met in Sydney in May, they finalised a Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement”.

“That arrangement will facilitate a greater two-way flow of students, of graduates, of academics and business people”

“It’s an initiative I welcome wholeheartedly”.

During question time, Peter Dutton also said that he wants more Indian students coming to Australia:

“When you consider the trajectory of student numbers… there is considerable growth, which we welcome”.

“The students provide not only an important role in their education, but also in the advancement of the Australian economy and society as a whole”.

“I think it’s one of the great modern accomplishments of Australia is to have welcomed so many students from India”.

“There is, I think, an enormous opportunity in Prime Minister’s Modi’s vision and our vision for the Australian economy as well, being able to export that labour, intellect and capacity, the entrepreneurial spirit is something that Australia is a net beneficiary of”.

“So, I think there is an opportunity through private institutions and other public institution collaborations for us to continue to scale up, and there’s a lot of domestic interest in making sure that’s the case”.

Under the Mechanism for Mutual Recognition of Qualifications, which was signed in May, “Indian qualifications will be recognised in Australia” for the purposes of further study and general employment.

This mutual recognition of qualifications extends to secondary school, vocational, and university qualifications, many of which can be obtained via one of India’s many sham ghost colleges.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also signed the Australia-India Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement this year, making it easier for Indian students, academics and professionals to live, study and work in Australia.


This Agreement includes the following provisions that are incredibly generous to Indian ‘students’:

  1. Five year student visas, with no caps on the numbers of Indians that can study in Australia.
  2. Indian graduates of Australian tertiary institutions on a student visa can apply to work without visa sponsorship for up to eight years.

Two-thirds of India’s 1.4 billion people are under the age of 30 making it the world’s youngest and largest nation.


India’s unemployment rate was 10.1% in October, roughly three times that of Australia, and the percentage of unemployment among Indian youth is even higher at 23%.

Consequently, there is a massive underclass of young, poor Indians who will be eager to relocate to Australia to live and work.

In turn, Australia’s net overseas migration will remain persistently high, bringing with it permanent housing and infrastructure shortages, low productivity growth, stagnant real wages, a degraded natural environment, and falling living standards.


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About the author
Leith van Onselen is Chief Economist at the MB Fund and MB Super. He is also a co-founder of MacroBusiness. Leith has previously worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.