Healths Systems Research Seminar Series presents: ''The Issue of Precarity – The Role of Temporary Migrant Professionals in Australia 2008-09 to 2014-15''

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

While OECD countries (such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand) have prioritised and championed the merits of permanent skilled migration, the past decade has coincided with rapid deregulation of temporary labour migration flows. Within this context there has been growing debate on the ‘precarity’ of temporary foreign workers. Many critics assume this migration pathway to constitute an inferior and potentially exploitative form – associated with high risk from sponsoring employers, uncertain length of stay, relegation to undersupplied industry sectors and sites, and exclusion from welfare or settlement services. This paper tests such assumptions, based on analysis of 2008-09 to 2014-15 Department of Immigration and Border Protection permanent (GSM) compared to temporary (457 visa) skilled migration arrivals data for all major fields. Select case studies are provided in greater depth, based on analysis of trends in the medical and nursing professions, including the scale of temporary workers’ transition to permanent resident status.    

Thursday, October 6, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 7170
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

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About the Speaker

Professor Lesleyanne Hawthorne (PhD, MA, BA Hons, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Mig Studies) is Professor (International Workforce) at the University of Melbourne. She is an expert on global skilled migration, foreign qualification recognition, and international student flows, who has completed a wide range of cross-national research projects, most recently commissioned by ILO, WHO, the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand governments, UNESCO, and the US Migration Policy Institute. In 2015-16 she was part of the global team commissioned to review the European Union ‘Blue Card’ program; in 2016-18 is leading a major Australia-Canada study evaluating the impact of the permanent, temporary and study-migration pathways on migrant health professionals; and in 2014-16 completed a cycle of studies assessing all aspects of health workforce mobility in the Asia-Pacific region for the World Health Organization. 

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