Journal article

How Valuable is "Two-Step Migration"? Labor Market Outcomes for International Student Migrants to Australia

Lesleyanne Hawthorne

Asia-Pacific Migration Journal | HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

In the past decade, Australia has developed unprecedented reliance on skilled migrants, a process intensified by a period of sustained economic boom. By 2007, two-thirds were former international students recruited in Australia rather than offshore applicants, exemplifying a transition to what is termed “two-step migration.” How acceptable, however, are such onshore applicants to employers, in a context where Australia's 2006 skilled migration review found less favorable outcomes for former international students than migrants recruited offshore? To address this question, key education enrollment, migration and employment databases were analyzed in-depth. Overall, former international studen..

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