A RECENT report by the Regional Australia Institute named the township of Banana as one of 100 small rural areas that benefited from international migration.
Research found Banana was a "rural area that successfully attracted international migrants and turned their population challenges around".
CEO of the RAI, Jack Archer said this success could be replicated more widely if international migration became the number one priority for other rural communities, instead of being the last resort.
"Our regional populations would grow at the same pace or even faster than the capital cities if more regional communities employed similar strategies to encourage migrants to their region," he said.
"These are mostly ageing places and migrants offer population stability; they are young, skilled and ambitious. Many rural communities are concerned about the loss of working age people as the local population ages, but there are strategies to prevent this happening."
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