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Australians flee cities for refuge in regional retreats – Sydney Morning Herald

Australians are retreating to regional parts of the country and shunning Sydney and Melbourne as they wait out the end of the coronavirus recession.



The number of people moving from regional Queensland into Brisbane dropped 52 per cent between the 2019 and 2020 June quarters, while there was an 18 per cent fall in movements from regional WA to Perth over the same period.
The data does not include international travel, which has been severely restricted due to the pandemic and is a significant driver of national population growth. It also does not factor in the fertility rate, which is tipped to plummet due to the pandemic-induced recession.

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