19 Feb 2016
On 11 February 2016, the Right Honourable Lord Mayor, City of Adelaide, Martin Haese, attended an Information Session hosted monthly by Immigration SA to welcome newly arrived skilled migrants to the city.
The Lord Mayor congratulated 51 newly arrived skilled migrants nominated by Immigration SA on being granted a visa.
This newly arrived migrant group have a mix of professional skills and occupations, ranging from Civil Engineer, Software Tester, Quality Assurance Manager, Public Relations Manager, Financial Institution Branch Manager, Geophysicist, to Nurse Educator.
The Lord Mayor said to the group that Adelaide prides itself on being a multicultural city.
Migration has played such an important role in the history of South Australia state and country.
“More than 40% of people living in the city speak two or more languages at home – that’s a huge number!”
“Our diversity of cultures makes us a vibrant, welcoming and interesting place – and now you are part of it too.”
“Migrants’ knowledge, connections, skills and understanding of different cultures can help Adelaide City Council form new overseas partnerships and encourage people to invest in Adelaide and South Australia.”
The Lord Mayor also mentioned one of the focuses this year is making Adelaide a more outward-looking and internationally focused city.
“We need to attract greater imports and international students, business conferences, leisure tourists, direct foreign investment capital, research & development, and cultural exchanges.”
Adelaide’s migrant population is extremely important if the goal is to become more internationally focused. Migrants’ knowledge, connections, skills and understanding of different cultures can help the city form new overseas partnerships and encourage people to invest in Adelaide and South Australia.
Finally, the Lord Mayor stressed that the council welcomes newly arrived migrants to set up their own business in the city.
“One of the most important things we have to do is foster entrepreneurship,” said the Lord Mayor.
There are now 109 programs operating in Adelaide that support entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses, most of these based in the CBD. To check out support available to start your business, click here.
To understand more about state nomination skilled migration program in South Australia, please click here.