Western Australia’s jobs minister said that one-third of Ireland’s unemployed could come to Australia and work, according to The Journal.
Australia is undergoing a natural resources boom, and is expected to have a shortfall of 150,000 workers by 2014. $200 billion in mining and gas extraction projects are on the table.
Peter Collier, the jobs minister, referred to Ireland’s unemployment figures and said Australia could take care of a “third of these.”
He was in Ireland on a recruitment visit and said, “Perhaps that is flippant, but what we’ll be doing is opening our doors to anyone.”
Following dire economic straits, emigration is once again a hot topic in Ireland.
Earlier this summer. an unemployed Irishman took out a billboard asking for someone for him to hire him to avoid emigrating. Reports say 75% of young professionals plan to leave if the economy does not get better.
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