In Conversation: Australia's invisible migrant workers

They're an increasingly important part of the labour force, but one academic says backpackers and students don't get the political play that 457 visa holders or refugees receive.

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In a recent post for The Conversation which appeared on the SBS World News Australia website, Dr Shanthi Robertson highlighted the long-term but temporary, 'invisible' group of workers made up of backpackers and former international students.

She groups them together as Australia's 'other migrant workers', and is calling for more political and public recognition of this considerable group of newcomers to Australia.


Dr Shanthi Robertson is a Career Development Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney.

Her recent research has centred on the political and social consequences of the intersections between international education and skilled migration.

She's in conversation with Bill Code.

1 min read
Published 23 May 2013 at 1:16pm
By Bill Code
Source: SBS