Australia's net immigration will show its first negative growth in 74 years.Federal Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg confirmed that Australia still needs to welcome immigrants into Australia through various channels.

After the new crown pneumonia spread across the world, Australia was forced to close its borders, immigrants were unable to enter, and Australia's population development trend changed drastically.In the budget that will be issued next week, the federal government will announce that Australia has ushered in the first negative growth in net immigrant population since 1946. It is also the first time Australia is facing the risk of negative population growth since the Great Depression.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, after confirming the news that net immigration will see a negative growth, Friedenberg said that he hopes Australia's immigrant population will recover and maintain its strong growth in the past.

"It is in Australia's interest to maintain a strong immigration plan through a series of channels such as skilled migration, family, reunion and humanitarianism," Friedenberg said. "After the epidemic is under control, immigrants will return. In fact, this is why vaccines are so important. Vaccines will restore confidence in the world and accelerate the process of opening up national borders."


This week, Abul Rizvi, former deputy undersecretary of the Department of Immigration, estimated that although last year’s forecast was that the national population will increase by 2021 annually in 45.5, the actual increase may drop to 8.3. "The 2020 budget will include the largest reversal of the Australian government's population growth forecast."

Friedenberg said that after the epidemic is over, Australia's natural fertility rate should also recover. "I hope that this great country can have more newborns."

But he did not mention whether the government will introduce a policy to reward births.

In the 2002 Budget, the then Federal Treasury Secretary Peter Costello introduced a childbirth-encouraging policy of 2500 Australian dollars per newborn. At that time, the government encouraged each family to have three children, "one for mothers , One for dad and one for the country" to increase the population.

However, the Labor Party government cancelled this policy of rewarding births in 2013.