Australia's population has been predicted to increase to about 27 million in 2022, and this has brought the need for the federal government to introduce a policy that will mandate migrants to settle in the regions so as to help decongest Sydney and Melbourne. According to Alan Tudge, the country's Minister in charge of population, the policy will become effective come July 1. A report published by the Productivity Commission in 2016 shows that the greater number of new migrants in the country prefer to settle down in either Sydney or Melbourne — the two biggest cities in Australia. This fact was confirmed again by the Australian Census of 2016 which showed that 86% of new migrants — which is about 1.1 million migrants — who came into country from 2011 to 2016 settled in the cities while just 14% — which is about 187,000 — went to the regional areas to settle down in the same time period. The ABS has the latest settlement data which also supported the previous settlement data with a report showing that between 2017 and 2018, 85% of migrants who came into the country, settled in the capital cities. It doesn't matter if the Coalition's settlement policy mandates more migrants to reside in the regional areas because since these areas do not have really have anything to tie them down there, the moment their mandatory time period is over, the greater number of them will move to the major cities. ANU's research on settlement patterns which was published last month confirmed that 60% of migrants who had been mandated to stay in the regions move back to the major cities within a five-year period.
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