Pacific Migration Research Workshop

Pacific migration research workshop
(Flickr/Chris Johnson)
Written by Beth Orton

Event Details

The ANU Development Policy Centre will host a one-day workshop with research papers presented for discussion with an audience of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners.

Topics of interest include:

  • Pacific Islanders’ participation in and access to temporary and permanent migration programs, and its social and economic impacts;
  • Employment, remittances, economic mobility, and wellbeing of Pacific Islanders in Australia and New Zealand; and
  • Regional labour markets, particularly horticulture, viticulture, and agriculture in Australia and New Zealand.

This event will be held in a hybrid format. You can attend in person or online.


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome remarks
9:15 am – 10:45 am Future labour demand and skills
Labour mobility with vocational skill: Australian demand and Pacific supply
Michael Clemens, Center for Global Development and IZA & Satish Chand, University of New South Wales
Identifying the stock of middle-level skills in the Pacific: the case of Fiji
Richard Curtain, Australian National University
Declining technical graduate employment outcomes amidst skills shortages
Ryan Edwards & Tunye Qui, Australian National University
10:45 am – 11:15 am Morning tea
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Contemporary Pacific migration and impacts
COVID-19 border closures – impacts on Pacific seasonal workers’ health and wellbeing
Rochelle Bailey & Charlotte Bedford, Australian National University
Pacific Labour Scheme: Preliminary Examination into the Implications and Impacts of Family Accompaniment
Michelle Carnegie & Luke Jeffress, Pacific Labour Facility
For the region yet to come: climate change and the decolonisation of mobility governance in the Pacific
Samid Suliman, Griffith University
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm Lunch break
1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Pasifika diaspora and wellbeing
Fiscal and non-fiscal ideas of responsibility amongst Samoan diaspora in Greater Brisbane
Laura Simpson Reeves, University of Queensland
Impact of PAC policy on Pacific women’s health and wellbeing: The experiences of Kiribati migrants
Rose Namoori-Sinclair, Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington
Pasifika trans-Tasman migration, mobility and wellbeing
Ruth Faleolo, La Trobe University
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Afternoon tea
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm Pasifika diaspora and wellbeing (cont.)
The production of precariousness and the racialisation of Pacific workers in the Australian horticultural industry
Makiko Nishitani, Martina Boese & Helen Lee, La Trobe University
The Problem of Criminal Deportation and Reintegration in the Pacific
Henrietta McNeill, Australian National University
4:50 pm Closing remarks
5:00 pm Workshop close

Registration for in person attendance

Registration for online attendance

How to attend via Zoom

  1. Register for the session you would like to attend via the form above.
  2. Login or sign up to Eventbrite. Make sure you use the same email address that you used for registration.
  3. Click ‘Tickets’ icon at the top right-hand corner of the page.
  4. Find ‘Pacific Migration Research Workshop’ and click ‘Go to online event page’.
  5. Click a relevant session to join. It will direct you to Zoom.

Presentations will be recorded and available after the event on the Development Policy Centre website.

Beth Orton

Beth Orton is Acting Centre Manager at the Development Policy Centre. She was previously Senior Research Officer on Pacific labour mobility. Beth completed a Master of Demography at ANU.

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