Research Team: Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Evelyn Marsters, Richard Bedford, Vijay Naidu and Ward Friesen

This report argues that a “quadruple win-loss” framework provides a more nuanced analytical lens to understand the multi-dimensional nature of contemporary labour mobility in the Pacific. This research will be of particular use for policy makers in Pacific countries as they advance their labour mobility plans in the context of national sustainable development planning. It contains broad country-specific recommendations for policy makers in the Pacific, specifically Kiribati, Tonga and Fiji, as well as in New Zealand.

Labour mobility in the Pacific: A systematic literature review of development impacts

This report undertakes a systematic literature review to examine the state of present knowledge of key labour programmes such as the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) in New Zealand and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme. The review evaluates what is known about the development effects of the RSE and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) schemes in the Pacific since 2007.

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Labour Mobility in the Pacific: A Systematic Literature Review of Development Impacts

The human face of labour mobility in Kiribati

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