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How Pro-Poor is the Selection of Seasonal Migrant Workers from Tonga Under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Program?

Gibson, John and McKenzie, David and Rohorua, Halahingano (2008) How Pro-Poor is the Selection of Seasonal Migrant Workers from Tonga Under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Program? Pacific Economic Bulletin, 23 (3). pp. 187-204. ISSN 0817-8038

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    Abstract

    Temporary migration programs for unskilled workers are increasingly being proposed as a way to both relieve labour shortages in developed countries and aid development in sending countries, without some of the costs associated with permanent migration. Along these lines, New Zealand’s new Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE)program, which allows workers from the Pacific to work seasonally in horticulture and viticulture in New Zealand, is expected to have positive development benefits for the participating Pacific nations. However, the development impact of the program will depend in large part on whether rural unskilled workers really do participate in the program, or whether in practice employers end up recruiting more educated, wealthier, urban workers with better English skills who still stand to benefit from the higher wages offered in New Zealand.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
    Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > Graduate School of Business
    Depositing User: Mele Paea
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 13:10
    Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 13:10
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/11867
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