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100,000 potential new migrants under Labor’s parent visa plan

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Demographers are warning of a wave of about 100,000 new migrants under Labor’s plan for an uncapped long-stay parents’ visa. 

The plan would allow for an unlimited number of migrant parents to be reunited with their children with Labor announcing the three-year sponsored parents’ visa would cost $1250 and a five-year visa, $2500.

The Coalition parents’ visa is capped at 15,000 people, costing $5000 for three years and $10,000 for five.

Demographer Bob Birrell has labelled Labor’s plan as “vastly more generous”.

“Currently, there are about 7,000 parent places in the migration program but there’s a backlog of 100,000 applicants.

“These people, you wouldn’t be surprised of course, if they switch to this program.”

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