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Does Australia's migration system prioritise Australian workers? To find out, we need to look beyond temporary skilled visas

The flood of migrant workers that has helped sustain the long economic boom has all but dried up following the COVID-19-induced closure of Australia's borders.

Migrant numbers are expected to drop by 30 per cent this financial year, and by 85 per cent in 2020-21 (compared with 2018-19).

With the economy officially in reverse and the ranks of the unemployed and underemployed swelling, there are some who say the migration slump is no bad thing.

In a recent opinion piece, Labor's immigration spokeswoman, Kristina Keneally, argued that although migration had played a key role in Australia's economic prosperity, in recent years a "cheap supply" of foreign workers had been taking jobs from Australians and undercutting wages.

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