The Australian government has unveiled a proposal to force new migrants to live outside Sydney and Melbourne.
The policy would aim to ease congestion in Australia’s two biggest cities while boosting regional areas, Population Minister Alan Tudge said on Tuesday.
The government may introduce visa conditions to limit where some migrants live for up to five years, he said.
However, some experts have questioned whether the idea is enforceable and likely to achieve its goals.
Currently, about two-fifths of Australia’s 25 million people live in Sydney and Melbourne.
Though Australia’s population growth rate ranks 77th globally, according to the World Bank, it is high among OECD nations – rising by 1.6% last year. Read more