IB 2018/22 Ni-Vanuatu in Australia and New Zealand’s Labour Mobility Schemes: An Examination of Provinces

In Brief

Author/s (editor/s):

Rochelle Bailey, Julie Rereman

Publication year:

2018

Publication type:

In Brief

This In Brief discusses the demographic study undertaken in July 2018 by Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA), in collaboration with the Vanuatu Department of Labour and Employment Services (ESU). The study focuses on ni-Vanuatu workers in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). The rationale for the exercise was to determine which provinces, islands and villages are gaining access to these programs. The information collected will be used to determine future research on the impacts of labour mobility in Vanuatu. The database sample contains information on workers’ age, gender, marital status, education, their agents or employers, the type of job, whether they are returnees, and other personal information, which will be the source for future publications. This type of data collection has the potential to assist future decisions on labour mobility policy and development outcome assessments. The authors recommend other Pacific Island states consider undertaking such demographic research.

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