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One in 20 travellers given 457 visas

NATASHA BITA

THE AUSTRALIAN

MAY 31, 2014 12:00AM

TWO-THIRDS of the migrant workers on 457 visas have taken jobs that did not have to be advertised to Australians.

As unions and employers wrestle over Australia’s reliance on foreign labour, new Immigration Department statistics reveal just one in three of the work visas granted last year was subject to “labour market testing” to prove no Australian could do the job. The figures also show half of Australia’s migrant workers are recruited onshore, with one in every 20 backpackers last year receiving a 457 visa to stay working here for four more years.

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