As a resume writer working on the frontline of the employment sector in Adelaide, I know some of the most disadvantaged people in Adelaide are migrants – especially Indians (students and skilled workers).
The Government of South Australia needs to dragged in to court for spinning to migrants, especially from India, that SA and especially Adelaide, is the ‘chosen land’.
Thousands of Indian students and hospitality workers have lost their jobs in Adelaide, due to Covid-19. Their working conditions (wage theft) and recruiter and racial prejudice, were a nightmare before Covid-19.
Now they face extreme poverty.
Before the Covid-19 restrictions, the state government flogged the state to these poor people, using nominated visas. Now they’re shackled to living in SA for two years. No dole. No social welfare. Nothing.
New migrants in Adelaide face a litany of uphill battles: lack of skills recognition, uncertainty of work and a greater risk of vulnerability and exploitation.
Why would a state government spin SA’s charms to internationals when locals can’t get a job here? Money.
In a broad-based and diverse modern economy, migrants pump cash into the state for rental accommodation, schools, food and utilities. They may take six months to a year to get a job and, when they do, they become ‘cash generators’.
But in a dysfunctional old economy, this ‘cash cow’ soon dries up once the migrants realise crippling unemployment is endemic. Coronavirus has compounded their problems.
The Government of South Australia has sentenced highly skilled workers and their families to penury.