Affordable housing and a lack of employment opportunities and services have been identified as barriers for the settlement of skilled and humanitarian migrants in Tasmania.
A federal joint standing committee in August opened an inquiry into migration in regional Australia.
Northern Tasmania Development Corporation in a submission to the inquiry said the North would lose about 5000 working age people over the next decade without intervention as a large proportion of workers were set to retire during this time.
"Finding a job within the region is one of the most pressing challenges new arrivals experience," it said.
"If the newly arrived job seeker doesn't have the networks within the community, there is a high likelihood they and their families will leave once their savings have been depleted and they are able to secure work elsewhere."
It recommended the federal government work with state and local governments to better identified skills shortages and ensure better connection to services for new arrivals.
Premier Will Hodgman said a recent survey of migrants by the government revealed the main barriers to settlement in Tasmania were securing employment and a rental property as well as issues with socialisation.
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He said Tasmania nominated 2132 skilled migrants in 2018-19, compared with 1626 in 2017-18 and 220 in 2014-15.
"There are, however, challenges for Tasmania in developing a proactive, comprehensive skilled migration framework under the current approach to the development of national migration settings," Mr Hodgman said.
"There are also challenges associated with obtaining timely and comprehensive data in relation to skilled migrants after they are nominated."
Migrant Resource Centre chief executive Ella Dixon said a lack of resources and community support for humanitarian migrants meant people who arrived in regional areas would eventually gravitate to major cities.
"There are challenges in providing support to humanitarian settlers in regional areas, which lack formal specific services and the support of large existing humanitarian communities," she said.
"People will not stay in regions if they are not supported in the initial settlement period."