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Matching migrant skills with jobs ‘would give us a $6bn boost’

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Better matching the skills of qualified migrants to suitable jobs could increase their productivity and deliver a multi-­billion-dollar boost to the economy.

A new report has assessed the contribution that 6.2 million foreign-born workers make to Australia’s social and economic development.

It recommends that migrants be helped to find a job at a similar skill level to the one they held in their home country.

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre says migrants in Australia, particularly from non-English speaking backgrounds, could be assisted by closely matching their educational qualifications and skills to jobs. At present, 35 per cent of migrants from a non-English speaking background are over-qualified relative to the job they hold.

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