Migration intake of Australia is likely to drop in the year 2020-21. The migration intake was 232,000 in 2018-19 which will drop to 31,000 in the year 2020-21. This significant dropping is due to the pandemic and will affect thousands of Indians who are planning to emigrate to this country.
While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy are still evolving, migration, which is a key driver of the economy, has been hit following the travel bans, border closures imposed earlier this year since the contagion began.
The Australian Economic and Fiscal Update report, released on Thursday by the treasury department, said that the Net Overseas Migration (NOM) is significantly affected by the international travel restrictions and constraints on the ability of applications to meet visa application requirements.
There are around 7 lakh people under the Indian community in Australia. Moreover, around 90,000 Indian students are studying in Australian Universities.
Further, the report said that in January next year, the international borders might open. However, a 2-week mandatory quarantine will
“The government implemented international travel bans in March 2020. This prevented all arrivals on visitor and temporary migration visas and prevented Australian citizens and permanent residents from departing Australia,” the document read.
According to the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, no decision was taken yet on when Australia’s travel ban will be lifted.
“In terms of the borders, the assumptions are… to very gradually start to come back that the quarantine is applied, that you start bringing in some international students…,” he was quoted as saying by AAP news agency.
“Of course, the environment with respect to coronavirus is very fluid. So decisions haven”t been taken about the start dates for that. These are treasury”s forecasts and as you can understand, it’s a very dynamic environment,” he said.
According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the contagion has infected over 16 million people and killed more than 644,000 across the world.
In Australia, the COVID-19 has infected over 13,900 people and killed 155 others.