New research on Pacific labour mobility

Crawford School of Public Policy | Development Policy Centre
New research on Pacific labour mobility

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 02 June 2016


Brindabella Theatre, Level 2, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
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Professor Stephen Howes, Director, Development Policy Centre, ANU; Dr Richard Curtain, Development Policy Centre, ANU; Professor Richard Bedford, Royal Society of New Zealand; Dr Carmen Voigt-Graf, Development Policy Centre and National Research Institute PNG; Dr Ann Wigglesworth, Victoria University; and Stephen Close, World Bank.


Husnia Hushang
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There is now widespread agreement that options to lift labour mobility from the Pacific are needed. The Development Policy Centre has undertaken and commissioned new research to look into a range of possible channels and factors affecting migration. This workshop will present a range of new policy-relevant research undertaken into Pacific labour mobility.

Research relating to the following key issues have been covered.

  • The skill profiles and employment outcomes of Pacific work migrants to Australia and New Zealand compared with all other work migrants
  • The employment and income outcomes of New Zealand’s Pacific Access Category visa, Opportunities and models for Pacific migrants in aged or disability care in Australia and New Zealand, based on recent migrant profiles
  • The experience of Timor-Leste in sending unskilled labour to South Korea
  • A comparison of Australia and NZ’s seasonal worker programs
  • Kiribati and Tuvalu demographic projections and migration strategies
  • Pacific skill strategies and challenges

The workshop was being convened to present, review and discuss the various papers with the aim of producing the end product as a book. The papers were circulated in advance to all registered workshop participants to encourage a more in-depth discussion.

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