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Shoalhaven News

Calls to keep migrants in regional towns for longer

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Regional politicians say there's plenty to do in country towns, as business owners struggle to find enough workers.

The federal government is considering a plan which would compel migrants to stay in regional areas such as the South Coast.

Businesses say they're tired of sponsoring workers on special visas, only to have them leave after they're granted permanent residency.

Nationals Senator John Williams says it's a concern that needs to be addressed.

"We've got plenty of immigrants and plenty of visa holders working in abattoirs, working on the farm etc", Mr Williams said.

"The jobs are there, I've got no problems with them coming here as long as they obey our laws and become part of our community, as far as I'm concerned it's a good idea", he said.

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