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Major ‘policy failure’ as skilled migrants exit rural towns

A federal policy that aimed to attract skilled migrants to country towns is failing, with migrants leaving rural areas in record numbers to move to capital cities, according to a study by the Australian National University in Canberra.

Bernard Baffour, a social statistician with the ANU school of demography, said the findings should prompt a “serious rethink” of migration policies.

The study looked at 35 years of data and preferred destinations of migrants from more than 20 countries. The findings are detailed in two research papers published in the journals Demographic Research and Population Research and Policy Review.  

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