Speaking with: Shanthi Robertson and Ien Ang on migrants, refugees and Australia’s place in Asia

Dallas Rogers, Western Sydney University Australia’s refugee and border protection policies have been in the spotlight again this week as riots broke out at the Christmas Island detention centre following the unexplained death of an escaped asylum seeker. The incident happened just prior to a review of Australia’s human rights record at the UN Human...

Temporary migrants are people, not ‘labour’

Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney University and Martina Boese, La Trobe University This week’s Four Corners expose on the plight of underpaid international students at 7-Eleven franchises comes as a Senate inquiry investigates the rights of temporary migrant workers. The inquiry is looking at the vulnerability of migrant workers to exploitation; the compliance challenges of temporary...

Skilled migration is in trouble, but don’t shoot the messenger

Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney University Recently leaked Immigration department documents reveal considerable rates of visa fraud in the Australian immigration system. This is of grave concern to the Australian public, especially as unemployment has just jumped to its highest level in twelve years. While some of the reporting on this issue has been unduly alarmist,...

They’re long-term, temporary and invisible: our other migrant workers

Backpackers and international students provide a significant source of labour that is often long-term: but this is ignored by policy makers. Shanthi Robertson, Western Sydney University While 457 temporary visas are currently under political scrutiny, thousands of other temporary migrants are now able to work in Australia for extended periods - most notably through working...

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