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Are Peripheral Regions Benefiting from National Policies Aimed at Attracting Skilled Migrants? Case Study of the Northern Territory of Australia

Golebiowska, Kate (2015). Are Peripheral Regions Benefiting from National Policies Aimed at Attracting Skilled Migrants? Case Study of the Northern Territory of Australia. Journal of International Migration and Integration,17(3):947-971.

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Title Are Peripheral Regions Benefiting from National Policies Aimed at Attracting Skilled Migrants? Case Study of the Northern Territory of Australia
Author Golebiowska, Kate
Journal Name Journal of International Migration and Integration
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1488-3473   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84930532616
Start Page 947
End Page 971
Total Pages 25
Place of Publication Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Field of Research 1603 - Demography
160303 - Migration
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Complex and interrelated trends in population and labour market dynamics in peripheral regions of developed countries have compelled them to use international skilled migration to address their skill shortages and facilitate economic development. Using the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia as a case study, this paper examines if and how these regions can benefit from a national policy for skilled migration, including the regional migration policy, which Australia has been operating since 1996–1997. The paper situates the regional migration policy in a context of the global competition for skills, explains how it came about and outlines the key characteristics of the NT as a peripheral region. An innovative approach to immigration data analysis permits formulating four propositions about the nature of international migration to peripheral regions. The analysis consists of tracking over a period of 17 years, the dynamics between all components of Australia’s and the Northern Territory’s permanent additions and comparing changes in the composition of their respective skilled migration streams. The paper proposes that peripheral regions benefit from skilled migration with a lagged effect as compared to Australia as a whole. It suggests that in order to better address skill shortages, they should also develop the capacity of the locally resident immigrant groups.
Keywords Australia
Skilled migration
Skills shortages
Peripheral
Regional
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12134-015-0431-3   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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