New research shows how vital migrants are in boom time
THE invaluable role skilled migrants play in our community has been validated by new research from Central Queensland University.
Using Gladstone as a case study, the first research of its kind in Australia illustrates the amount to which skilled migrants are underpinning the success of the mining and resources boom.
Following the launch of Gladstone Skilled Migration Research report, chief investigator Ros Cameron said that, for the first time, "pieces of the jigsaw" were becoming visible, showing just how crucial skilled migrants were in resource regions.
"They are providing more than a third of the health services' workforce as well as a vast range of essential workers including chefs, welders and motor mechanics," the CQUniversity researcher said.
"They are also providing entrepreneurial talents to establish new services and attractions for the city.
"It's not just large industries bringing in skilled migrant engineers on 457 and 417 visas. There are small and medium businesses involved as well."
Dr Cameron said the Gladstone example showed the importance of solving issues such as spouse isolation and the adequacy of cross-cultural training - something local Natalia Muszkat has been advocating for.
Being part of the community advisory team, Natalia helped to assist the study every step of the way.
"The most valuable thing which has come out of this study is the need to accommodate new residents in the area," she said.
"It's great to finally have some formal research to back up and confirm what we have been advocating."