Nearly all newly arrived migrants settled in Melbourne and Sydney last year while regional Australia is struggling to survive with a shrinking population.
The Australian government is offering migrants new permanent residency pathways provided that they stay in regional areas for four years.
Regional Australia accounts for 40 per cent of the country’s economic output, employing one in three workers.
It refers to all the towns, small cities and areas outside of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Canberra.
However, many regional areas struggle to survive with a shrinking population. Listen more in Burmese.