Melbourne: Australia is working on an ambitious plan to attract highly qualified skilled people from Asia including India.

According to Minister for Immigration Chris Bowen, it is said in the ‘Asian Century White Paper’ that in order to take economy forward, association with Asian countries assumes significance. He also said that the government is making huge investment in the field of education to promote talent in the country. Besides this, we still need specialists in different areas.

In the Australia migration programme of 2011-12, out of the total ten participating countries, seven were from Asia. It included countries like India, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam. 23 percent of immigrants come from Indian subcontinent, whereas 18.3 percent of immigrants come from northern Asia.

Bowen said that out of total immigrants in Australia, one-fourth come from Asian countries, whereas around Rs 15 Lakh Australians are capable of speaking more than one language. These include Hindi, Punjabi, Korean, Japanese, Mandarin and Vietnamese. It shows that Australia is strengthening ties with Asian countries.


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