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While recent Census figures show more than 28 per cent of Australians were born overseas, generally regional areas attract a much smaller share of migrants.
However, there are arguments migrants can help drive growth in the regions and many who have chosen a new life in the country say it was a change for the better.
The stories of some of the migrants who have chosen a home in central western NSW tell of overcoming struggles to successfully settle in.