Migrants@Work Research Group Migrants@Work Research Group

The Migrants@Work Research Group engages researchers interested in: how migrants experience work and employment in Australia and overseas; the international, national and supranational regulations and governance structures surrounding labour mobility and: how the context and history of migration shapes diversity management practices in contemporary firms. The Research Group seeks to develop networks within and beyond academia by building a cross disciplinary research community focused on issues related to permanent and temporary migration and cross-cultural and workplace diversity management by linking with the national and international research community; business groups; government and non-government agencies.

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Baines D and van den Broek D 2017 Forthcoming 'Coercive Care: Control and Coercion in the Restructured Care Workplace', British Journal of Social Work Vol 47:1 pp.125-42 Link

Groutsis D, O’Leary J and Russell G 2017 Forthcoming 'Capitalizing on the cultural and linguistic diversity of mobile talent: lessons from an Australian study', International Journal of Human Resource Management Link

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Sustainable Solutions: The Future of Labour Supply in the Australian Vegetable Industry

New report released on the future-proofing labour supply for the Australian vegetable industry

A report jointly authored with two scholars in the Migrants @ Work Research Group at the University of Sydney Business School, Associate Professor Diane van den Broek and Dr Chris Wright have co-authored a new report examining labour supply challenges in the Australian vegetable industry with two academics from the University of Adelaide Law School, Associate Professor Joanna Howe and Professor Alex Reilly.

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Young Indian MPs Visit The University of Sydney

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Recent research grants

Settlement Outcomes of Syrian-conflict Refugee Families in Australia (2017-2020)

M@WRG Investigators: Dimitria Groutsis

Settlement outcomes of Syrian-conflict refugee families in Australia. This project aims to focus on the policy responses to, and settlement outcomes for, Syrian-conflict refugee families in Australia with an emphasis on employment and education. The Syrian conflict has generated an unprecedented flow of refugees across Europe and other countries, including Australia. These countries face new challenges in providing successful settlement outcomes for the refugees. Utilising a longitudinal study of 250 refugee families and fieldwork in key areas of high refugee settlement in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, this project will generate comparative insights to identify policy and program responses that lead to the most successful settlement outcomes. Improved employment, education and settlement outcomes for refugees will have economic, social and cultural benefits for Australian society and improve the quality of life of refugees.

Employer strategies for developing a skilled workforce (2017-2019)

M@WRG Investigators: Chris F. Wright

Employer strategies for developing a skilled workforce. This project aims to discover why employers use particular strategies when sourcing skills and whether these strategies benefit their workers.Addressing employer skills needs expediently is imperative for productivity and national prosperity. Employers’ strategies have profound implications for the workforce and the Australian labour market, particularly at a time of rising unemployment. This project will study why employers increasingly ‘buy’ skills externally, through recruitment and sponsored immigration, rather than ‘build’ skills internally through employee development strategies. Understanding how immigration and domestic policy mechanisms addressing employer and labour market needs is expected to inform policy development on this vital issue.

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