CEDA released a research report in November 2016 which examines the economic consequences of the migration program for Australia and the effectiveness of the
migration program itself.
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Over the last 70 years immigration has added seven million people to Australia’s population and will, if current policy settings continue, add a further 13 million by 2060. The current focus of the migration program on skilled migration, while maintaining opportunities for family and humanitarian immigration, is perceived to have served Australia well.
However, key policies in the migration program, when added to the rise of extremist politicians in Australia and globally, have the potential to undermine its community acceptance with respect to the economic benefits for the nation. In particular, an overreliance on poorly regulated market driven components of the program and the very substantial pools of relatively unregulated temporary migrants create opportunities for exploitation and have significant consequences for incumbent workers.
CEDA believes that Australia’s migration program has played an important role in the nation’s economic success. The almost unprecedented 25 years of economic expansion was facilitated by a responsive migration program that was able to access skills and labour needed to handle the largest terms of trade boom in a century. It also connects Australian businesses with global talent and new trade opportunities.
This policy perspective examines what changes in public policy with respect to the migration program are necessary to sustain its contribution to Australia’s economic development and social cohesion and to maintain community support.
Chapters and authors
Attitudes to Australia’s immigration policy
Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation, Monash University and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
Australia’s de facto low skilled migration program
Dr Anna Boucher, Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
Redesigning Australia’s labour migration program
Associate Professor Joanna Howe, Associate Professor of Law, University of Adelaide
Skilled migration and Australia’s productivity
Dean Parham, non-resident Research Fellow, University of Adelaide and Sue Regan, Analyst, Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University
Ensuring immigration benefits all
Professor Glenn withers AO, Research School of Economics and the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
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Alex Paterson, Co-Managing Partner, Australia and New Zealand, Fragomen Worldwide, shares her experience in sponsoring this report.
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