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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - June 1, 1959, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Stay at Home trend in britain9 Europe Challenge of new phase immigration Australia was entering the second major phase of immigration in which new efforts and imaginative unconventional thinking would be necessary to enable the the minister for immigration or. Downer said this last month before he left by air to visit australian migration posts in the United kingdom and Europe. 44attainment of the population of ten millionths year marked the ending of an Era in easy to attract he said. Today we face a new world in which improved economic circumstances in Britain and Europe tend to keep potential migrant sat Home. It is against this background that i shall make an inspection of our migration posts. The purpose of my Mission is to acquaint myself at firsthand with the prevailing new conditions to study the existing processes of selection and health and Security and generally to equip myself to make a reappraisal of the problems we must overcome in the future. L r i 9 policy must be flexible we have built a sound Structure under which Australia has carried through one of the greatest and mos successful Mas migration movements of modern Imes. Hie arrival of More than 1,400,000 people since the War is evidence of that Success. But migration being concerned with people mus always be flexible and sensitive to the latest trends of economic and social events that affect the willingness of people to Migrate. I Hope therefore As a result of this on the spot Survey to make arrangements that will generally boost interest in migration to # target has been reached said that so far improving economic conditions in Britain and Europe had not seriously affected Australia immigration programme. The total immigration target had been filled each year. But this has Only been possible because our planning has been flexible and we have been willing to meet deficiencies in intakes from any individual country by recruiting from new sources such As Finland. We have introduced a variety of new do so in the future. By maintaining this adventurous enterprising approach i believe Australia poised on the threshold of the new migration Era shall Realise a future even More glorious than the solid achievements of the past he said. Minister visits overseas posts the minister for immigration pictured above left australian may14 for a two months inspection of immigration posts in the United kingdom and Europe. He is being accompanied by the permanent head of die department of immigration or. T. H. E. Heyes. Or. Downer will visit migration offices in Greece Italy Germany Holland Austria Denmark and Britain As part of a comprehensive Survey of migration recruitment operations. Discussions he will hold talks with the governments of the emigration countries and make arrangements to ensure that Australia is in the Best possible position to at tract the types and numbers of migrant needed for orderly National development. He will also make a close study of a a the need for More migrant recruiting centres in Britain and Europe and a the effects on migration of recent moves among european countries for economic integration under the european economic Community. The minister for air or. Osborne is acting minister for immigration while or. Downer is overseas. ? problems some of the problems facing the planners of Australia s immigration programme were outlined by or. Downer before his departure overseas last month. He said factors which would make the task formidable were in a an increasing 1 disinclination by skilled workers to leave Britain and Europe Over the past two or three years. A skilled workers Eestill vital to Australia s development and could easily be found jobs but a similarly High demand for them existed in Britain and Europe. A Large numbers of White Collar workers and unskilled worker were still available but there were not sufficient employment opportunities for them Here to encourage their migration on a Large scale. . Fears a although the British government supported the principle of British migration to Australia British authorities were naturally reluctant to unbalance their own Economy by sending abroad All their Young craftsmen and technicians. A migration of workers within Europe had been growing steadily since the War and Many countries supplying migrants to Australia had at the same time encouraged immigration of worker from other countries to maintain their work forces. A three countries from which Australia had received Large numbers of migrants West Germany the Netherlands and Italy a were now members of the european economic Community which was leading to a growing free interchange of workers among european countries. ? the Good Earth of the . A pages 4-5 ? a most 300 Apex clubs in Australia last month launched operation sea lift a plan to bring British migrant families to Australia under the bring out a briton scheme. Announcing this the acting minister for immigration or. F. M. Osborne said that state representatives of Apex hoped that each club in Australia would bring out at least one family. A special ship would bring the families to Australia about Marc next year. The clubs would find employment and accommodation for the families. Plans for operation sea lift were discussed at a meeting of Apex delegates from each state and depart Mentor immigration officials in Canberra recently. that Apex would enlist the Aid of All Industrial and commercial organisations to find jobs and accommodation for the migrants. Welcomed 1 Apex would endeavour to attract families in an age group which would enable the father to become Active in Apex affairs. I know that operation sea lift will be welcomed by All australian who wish to see our country grow. The Apex association is to be congratulated on its initiative and drive in planning this very worthwhile

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