Australia increases migration quota, but expats aren’t returning fast enough to fill labor gaps

This is especially true for the hospitality industry, where restaurants, pubs and hotels have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19 after the departure of large numbers of temporary visa holders during the pandemic.

Mr John Hart, executive chairman of the Australian Chamber of Tourism, said: “We have restaurants that are open five days a week instead of seven. And our total recovery is 74 percent of what we could have been if we could have really brought all of our locations up to the levels needed to deliver the service experience.”


One of the world’s most successful multicultural nations, modern Australia is built on a history of migration with immigrants from Britain, Greece, Italy and, more recently, the Middle East and Asia.

In September 2018, a welcome wall was unveiled in Sydney, facing Darling Harbor and Pyrmont Bay, where many migrants first land in Australia.

To this day, the names of many newcomers continue to be engraved on the wall.

Mr Daryl Karp, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, which runs the memorial, said: “It’s a living memory, or one that people who frequent this port will recognize or see and think about themselves. we present to all the rich diversity that makes up Australia today.”