The Border Mail – 28 May 2018
Communities like Walla are on the right track to bolster their workforce and populations through migrant resettlement, a report shows.
The Regional Australia Institute’s latest policy paper aims for an additional 2000 to 3000 migrants to be moving to priority rural areas annually, and for them to be linked to employers through a “match-making” system.
It outlines “only with a locally-led, ground-up approach – that values both migrant and community perspectives – can settlement outside of major cities be truly successful”.
The community-led push within Walla to enable secondary resettlement in the town fits that bill, said Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group president Penny Vine.
“It’s happening around Wagga and Griffith, and Wangaratta are seriously looking into it, because they can see it will work,” she said.
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