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The benefits and challenges of immigration

Over the past two decades, many countries around the world have looked to skilled migrants to meet their business and workforce needs. Australia has long utilised immigration for this purpose, and while this has delivered a range of benefits to business, it has not been without its challenges.

Dr Chris F. Wright has conducted research into how the benefits of immigration can be harnessed, while addressing the emerging issues of exploitation and reduced investment in employee training. According to Wright, although Australia has been shielded from much of the anti-immigration sentiment evident in other parts of the world, these attitudes are starting to have an influence.

He says policy around the labour market, education and training, and immigration are the three key areas that can address how Australia meets workforce needs. Businesses now have the opportunity to work with government to ensure Australia remains a leading source of global skills and ideas.


Listen to an interview about the research with Dr Chris F. Wright to learn more.

Published work

Wright CF 2017 Forthcoming 'Employer Organizations and Labour Immigration Policy in Australia and the United Kingdom: The Power of Political Salience and Social Institutional Legacies', British Journal of Industrial Relations

Wright CF, Groutsis D and van den Broek D 2017 Forthcoming 'Employer-sponsored temporary labour migration schemes in Australia, Canada and Sweden: enhancing efficiency, compromising fairness?', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Wright CF, Clibborn S, Piper N and Cini N 2016 'Economic Migration and Australia in the 21st Century', Lowy Institute for International Policy