The Australian Government, under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, considers reducing its yearly legal immigration cap by 16% which is from 190,000 to 160,000.
PM Morrison stated that the Australian citizens in the largest cities were worried and complained about the vast population in these cities. According to the citizens, the schools were no longer admitting pupils, the buses and trains were filled, and the roads are congested.
The news is a setback for someone like Morrison, who had been in defense of the nation’s high immigration rate as a necessity for improving her economy. Alan Tudge, the population minister of Australia, said that the Federal Government would make deliberations with the state leaders, who are held accountable for the infrastructural development on the optimal population size.
Tudge said that the Immigration policy should in some regards consider the number of people that can be supported by the available infrastructure as stated by the state government. Tudge is also making considerations towards placing priority on immigrants who are interested in filling vacant jobs in rustical areas.
Recently Prime Minister Morrison also announced that he would not sign the Migration Pact of the United Nations, which was disapproved by the U.S and several other European Union countries on the grounds that it will weaken the yearly immigration program.
The immigration influx has caused the Australian population to increase by 50% over the past 30 years, and the effect could be doubled in less than 5 decades.
Most Affected Cities in Australia
Officials say that 75% of all the immigrants are located in the major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, and that has compromised the quality of living in these places. Those cities experienced the fastest population increase levels in recent years. Melbourne’s population which is over 5 million has increased by 1 million over the past eight years, and with the current cap of immigration, its population could hit 8 million in 2051.
Mark Wilde, a resident of Sydney had complained about the hour-long shifts to and from work and the city’s congestion in 1982. He said that the infrastructures were not keeping up with the speedy rise in population. He mentioned that trains are getting too busy and there is too much traffic when coming or going to work.
Research has shown that train ridership of Sydney has actually risen by 30% in the last five years.
According to a poll, around 63% of Sydney residents supported the reduction of the number of immigrants, and half opposed additional improvements to accommodate the growth in population. Recently, a national poll showed that 64% of the people disapprove of the Federal Government’s management of immigration while only 29 approved of it.
In response to the announcement made by the Prime Minister, Jenny Goldie from the Sustainable Population Australia said that it is delightful that the Prime minister has noticed that immigration has a cost, called infrastructure, and has suggested that the intake is reduced by 30,000. She, however, noted that both temporary and permanent programs must target more reduction in the Immigrant intake, and not only due to the problems associated with infrastructure. According to her, overcrowded urban areas build up deficient habitats for other life forms and the environment suffers a great deal.
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