Regions Missing the Boat on Migration
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) has released a new report exposing an untapped opportunity for regional areas to fight declining populations and economic adversity. It’s a regional solution that could also reduce congestion and employment issues in our major cities.
Talking Point: The Missing Migrants, the third report in the RAI’s population dynamics series, found regional Australia’s lower growth rates are explained by low international migration to areas outside major capitals.
International migration is responsible for over half of Australia’s population growth, yet only 20 per cent settled in rural areas between 2006 and 2011.
The RAI argues international migration should be the number one priority for rural communities looking to address population challenges, instead of being the last resort.