Would you like to see asylum seekers working in the Valley?
NEW South Wales has become the first state in Australia to sign up for the new Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Scheme, which could see asylum seekers pushed out to regional areas like the Clarence Valley to settle and work.
The five year visas, introduced last year, will be an option for those seeking asylum, who are prepared to either study or work outside of the major metro areas of Sydney, Woolongong or Newcastle.
Would you like to see the Valley take on these refugees? Have your say in or poll and comment below:
Would you like to see asylum seekers come to the Valley to work or study?
This poll ended on 06 June 2015.
Yes, it's a great idea to increase labour in the region.
No, it is already hard enough for locals to find jobs.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
NSW Premier Mike Baird said the scheme would provide labour to rural regions of NSW and offer security to asylum seekers.
The safe haven visa is another option for refugees who are eligible for a temporary protection visa. Those who apply for a safe haven visa have to meet the same requirements as those seeking temporary protection, including being in need of Australia's protection and meeting character requirements.