Immigration statistics show around 280 expatriates – mostly families and skilled migrants – have come back to Australia over the past year but the total number of Greek citizens in Australia is expected to be higher, with many more here on holidays.
The Honorary Consul for Greece in the Northern Territory John Anictomatis says there has been a huge influx of new Greeks in Darwin.
“For the last six months, the figures show that on average about 10 new arrivals a week are coming back to Darwin, whether it’s family groups or people coming back on their own before they bring their families back to Australia,” he said.
Drossos Tavlarios, 27, came to Darwin from his home on a Greek island after being unable to get work.
He says he is one of the lucky ones.
“Everything, everything is okay, very nice in Darwin,” he said.
Mr Anictomatis says he gets desperate calls from Greece every week.
“They’re mainly desperate about employment, their children’s future,” he said.
The influx to the Top End has prompted Territory Government minister Kon Vatskalis to call on the Federal Government to consider special working visas for Greeks who have been affected by the economic crisis.” http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/13789497/greek-crisis-sees-new-wave-of-migrants/
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has vowed a new feature to the Government’s skilled migration plan would ensure that that no foreign worker would take an Australian job in the mining sector.
This comes after union leaders lashed out at the federal government’s skilled migration plan that would allow mining magnate Gina Rinehart to bring in 1700 foreign workers.
In Melbourne on Saturday, Ms Gillard announced that a “jobs board” would be created that would give Australian workers information about what jobs were available in the resources sector.
“Yesterday I decided we would add to what we’re doing to make sure that Aussies are getting the jobs,” Ms Gillard said.
“Companies won’t be able to bring in foreign workers if there is an Australian ready, able and willing to do the work on the jobs board.”
This comes after Immigration Minister Chris Bowen announced on Friday the government program to allow enterprise migration agreements (EMA) would help mining companies find enough workers for their developments. ”..also yahoo news.. but wait, what if they have duel citizens??
Julia Gillard has promised no Australian worker will miss out on a job as a result of the Federal Government’s decision to allow mining magnate Gina Rinehart to import more than 1700 workers for an iron ore project in Western Australia.
“Companies won’t be able to bring in foreign workers if there is an Australian ready, able and willing to do the work on the jobs board,” the Prime Minister said in Melbourne this afternoon.
‘‘We will have a jobs board which will be a way for Aussies to know what’s happening in the resources sector and what the jobs are,’’ Ms Gillard said.