The Border Crossing Observatory hosted the Temporary Migration Forum on Thursday, March 9 at Monash University. The Forum brought together a select group of government, NGO, academic and policy stakeholders to consider and discuss three issues associated with temporary migration in Australia: international students, New Zealand citizens and temporary workers.
The Forum was therefore conducted across three sessions corresponding to these issues where Observatory researchers and other colleagues from the School of Social Sciences presented their research on these topics. Following the short presentations, nominated discussants, who are policy makers in each field, presented their policy knowledge and experience on how we can seek to use our research to impact policy in these areas.
For the session on international students, the presentations highlighted the vulnerability and pressures experienced by international students in Australia as well as their susceptibility to crime where the session concluded with a discussion of the need to make the international study experience in Australia better and more supported.
For the session addressing the precariousness of New Zealander SCV holders in Australia, the take away message was the prolonged deprivation of NZ citizens brought about by SCV visa restrictions, and the implications for susceptibility to s501 deportation.
The session on temporary workers called for refocusing of regulation in ways that support migrant workers and access to protection and support services regardless of migration and visa status with an emphasis on approaching this policy realm from the employment perspective and not from a migration status perspective.
The outcomes of the Forum identified policy implications from the research presented and opportunities to connect with key policymakers and opinion formers. Participants all had backgrounds spanning the academic and politico policy worlds, and were crucial in contributing to discussions in fruitful directions for policy impact opportunities and challenges.
The foundation for the Forum came from research on temporary migration and human security completed by Border Crossing Observatory researchers Claudia Tazreiter, Leanne Weber, Sharon Pickering, Marie Segrave and Helen McKernan which culminated in the book, Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific. Laurie Berg (University of Technology Sydney), Helen Forbes-Mewett (Monash) and Rebecca Powell (The Border Crossing Observatory) brought additional but complimentary perspectives to this research.
Organisations who participated in the Forum include: