Asylum seekers ‘could fill rural skills shortages’

November 21, 2012

There's currently about 5000 asylum seekers on bridging visas in Australia. (AAP)

There’s currently about 5000 asylum seekers on bridging visas in Australia. (AAP)

Advocacy groups say asylum seekers on bridging visas could help to relieve a critical skills shortage in rural Australia.

But they say there’s a need to significantly improve support services for asylum seekers in rural and regional Australia, to boost the numbers willing to head to the bush to work.

(Transcript from World News Australia Radio)

The Department of Immigration says the current number of asylum seekers on bridging visas is about 5000.

In most cases, they can work while their applications to be recognised as refugees are assessed.

Read More: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1713303/Asylum-seekers-%27could-fill-rural-skills-shortages%27

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