Australia to tweak rural work visa rules

Plan to force migrants to stay put after many of them move to cities

Australia's efforts to encourage migrants to live in less-populated rural areas have hit a hurdle: Many of the new arrivals have been swiftly moving to the big cities.

Much of the concern has focused on a popular scheme in which migrants take jobs in a rural area after being backed by a local employer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'Australia to tweak rural work visa rules'. Print Edition | Subscribe