Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to cut current Australian migration intake caps due to overwhelming population growth in Australia, especially Sydney and Melbourne.
Mr Morrison said the government would look to reduce the yearly cap of 190,000 as recent immigration figures were about 30,000 below that limit. Australia accepted just 162,417 permanent migrants in the past year, a decrease of more than 10% on the previous year and the lowest level in a decade.
Can migration cuts really ease congestion? There are concerns that the biggest problem is in fact a lack of proper infrastructure, rather than reducing immigration.
Australia, especially Sydney and Melbourne, requires better infrastructure. Whilst higher migration could increase the cost of infrastructure, in turn, migrants who work and contribute to the economy, would help to pay for it.