Curbing Migration and What Britain Must Learn from an Aussie Policy That REALLY Works, Writes ROGER MAYNARD

Australia is a country that depends on migrants. It is, after all, a nation built by them.Ever since the first Europeans arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries, and colonisation by the British began in 1788, it has relied for its prosperity on people from other countries coming to live here.A vast and, for so long, underpopulated country, Australia has seen more than 7.5 million people arrive on its shores to settle since 1945.Which makes it decidedly odd that it has gained a reputation in liberal circles as a cold-hearted, uncaring nation that turns away needy migrants and refuses them sanctuary.

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Australia has, for many years, operated a points-based system of migration, which Brexit’s Boris Johnson (right), Michael Gove (left) and Priti Patel say they would adopt in a Britain outside the EUIn fact, it is precisely because Australia has taken in so many that it knows how best to cope with them.It realises that any country serious about immigration needs an effective, robust approach, so that it can choose the most suitable people and reject those who will not contribute — excepting, of course, genuine refugees who are in real need of asylum.

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That is why Australia has, for many years, operated a points-based system of migration, which Brexit’s Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Priti Patel say they would adopt in a Britain outside the EU.The aim of it is to ensure that the government chooses the people who have the skills and attributes it requires.

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