How the Australian migration model actually works

SYDNEY — The U.K. is looking to Australia for inspiration in dealing with post-Brexit immigration, with Britain’s Home Office announcing it has commissioned a review of the Aussie system.

Boris Johnson, a long-time admirer of the Australian model, made it a centerpiece of his first speech to the House of Commons after replacing Theresa May as prime minister.

“For years, politicians have promised the public an Australian-style points-based system,” Johnson said. “I will actually deliver on those promises.”

But here’s something British politicians don’t talk about: The Australian system was never designed to cut migration or to stop migrants taking Australian jobs, as Johnson has hinted it would do for the U.K. — just the opposite.

The Migration Advisory Committee’s report on the Australian model isn’t due until January 2020. But who wants to wait that long? Here’s POLITICO’s guide.

the points-based program so beloved by some British politicians is only one aspect of the Australian system — and it’s a drop in the ocean.

Earning points

The current iteration of Australia’s points-based system was rolled out in the mid-1990s to boost the country’s intellectual resources and fill gaps in the labor force.

Under this system, authorities assign points to would-be migrants for desirable characteristics such as youth, level of education, English and foreign language skills and work experience. A pre-determined number of people whose occupations are on a most-wanted list and who score the highest number of points are then invited to apply for a visa, without needing to have a job offer lined up.

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