This project aims to analyse the implications of temporary migrant work in contemporary Australia.

  • Project dates: 2014
  • Grants and funding: Australian Research Council (Discovery Grant)

Temporary migration is a significant and fast growing segment of the Australian migration program and temporary migrant labour is increasingly controversial with parallel claims of economic benefits and concerns about the vulnerability of migrant workers and negative impacts on local workers. Temporary migrant workers are understood as persons who live in a host country with a limited right of residence and who undertake paid work during their stay; they can include persons under different visa arrangements such as workers on 457 visas, those engaged under the seasonal worker program, international students, and working holiday makers, as well as persons with a tourist visa (who work in breach of the conditions of their visa).

Through the project’s focus on precariousness, broadly defined as heightened insecurity in relation to accepted social standards, it will examine structural conditions, experiences and feelings of precariousness. It will investigate the distribution of temporary migrant workers, migration pathways, regulatory gaps in the protection of workers, vulnerability and exploitation in labour markets, and the impact of temporary migrant work on local workers. The findings will contribute to improved operation of Australia’s labour markets and to more effective and equitable labour market regulation.

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Lead researchers

Dr Iain Campbell

Dr Iain Campbell

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Dr Martina Boese

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