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New Perspectives on International Migration and Development$
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Jeronimo Cortina and Enrique Ochoa-Reza

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156806

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156806.001.0001

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Migration Between the Asia-Pacific and Australia

Migration Between the Asia-Pacific and Australia

A Development Perspective

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(p.229) Chapter 9 Migration Between the Asia-Pacific and Australia
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New Perspectives on International Migration and Development
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Graeme Hugo

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156806.003.0009

This chapter examines migration from the Asia-Pacific region to Australia, with particular emphasis on the nexus between students' migration and eventual permanent settlement. It first considers the scale, composition, and trends in population mobility between Australia and Asia-Pacific countries, showing that it is more realistic to depict their migration relationship as a system involving a complex of two-way movements than as the north-south displacement that is conventionally invoked in the migration and development discourse. It also notes the exponential increase in movement from Asia and the Pacific to Australia in recent years, but this has been overwhelmingly selective of highly skilled groups, and it was only in 2008 that Australia announced a pilot scheme to bring in temporary seasonal agricultural workers from the region. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the consequences of the two-way movement for development in origin countries.

Keywords:   migration, Asia-Pacific, Australia, students, permanent settlement, population mobility, development, agricultural workers

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