On Wednesday, 20 March, Australia announced the cutting of annual intake of immigrants in the country by 15% as well as barring some groups of newcomers from residing in the country's largest cities for the first three years as a way of controlling urban congestion. Population growth in some Australian cities is causing serious concerns for citizens who appear to be frustrated over congestion as well as house prices and Prime Minister Scott Morrison hopes to use this to his advantage as he is seriously lagging behind in polls leading to the federal election in May. Current yearly intake of immigrants stands at 190,000, but Morrison has announced a 15% drop meaning only 160,000 will now be received yearly as a solution to a problem that Australians wanted to be solved. This cut comes at a time Australia as a nation is reflecting on its immigration policies following the Muslim massacre in New Zealand that sees Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, charged with murder.
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