Australian immigration to favor Irish nationals

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Changes to Australian immigration on 1 July 2011 will favor Europe's fastest growing emigrant group: the Irish.

Australia's points based immigration system, the General Skilled Migration programme, will see changes that will mean more points for applicants with good English language skills.

Immigrating to Australia will be easier for highly skilled Irish workers, especially for those with experience in medicine, engineering, accounting, and construction.

The Irish are no stranger to Australia's shores: tens of thousands of visas were issued to Irish nationals last year, with that number expected to increase due to rising unemployment in Ireland.

In addition, many parts of Australia will see the need for increases in skilled migration, particularly disaster-struck Queensland. Businesses are desperate to attract foreign workers to assist with the reconstruction efforts after the recent floods.

Australian firms are also set to start a number of natural resource projects in the mining sector, and mining firms are keen to hire as many overseas workers as possible.

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