Very interesting article.
It's plain to see that the system needs tweaking! When I moved here I was on the MODL list but there weren't that many jobs. Added to that was the fact that other jobs were paying a better hourly rate than my nominated occupation and a slight sideways shift was more financially viable.
I know so many people who move here and don't follow their occupations any more.
Angus makes a very important point. The state needs younger people to support and drive the economy but it's a cop out if you can't get work when you make such a big move.
As a percentage of the total number of new migrants who move to Australia, South Australia's is a small share.
From my own family perspective it's all been good on the job front. My three children are all employed...one self employed, one working full time and the other full time / apprenticeship. They had no hope where we lived before.
Hopefully the unemployment rate will drop but the demise of manufacturing makes things look bleak. I was in Perth earlier this month and they are going through some pain as well with the issues around mining. However, there are enormous housing developments being built, freeways expanded and an anticipated increase of 1 million people within the next 9 years.
I don't have the economic answers but the annual Australian migrant intake underpins the entire economic expansion...houses, infrastructure, services etc and this generates employment.
It's a fact that many new migrants do not settle and a number return to their homeland and it would be interesting to see the figures broken down from country to country to see who makes it and who leaves. It's also a fact that many migrants do settle for good, but when the economy wobbles the grass is always greener. I have had family members "ping pong" a couple of times but they have so much work at the moment that they are turning jobs down. I also see many people who start out in the wrong location, with the wrong attitude, wrong mindset and wrong selection of whingeing friends and they get swept away with the negativity of what's a difficult transition.
It's good to debate things though...let other see what they may be faced with.