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Labour mobility in the Pacific: A systematic literature review of development impacts

Over the last decade, research and policy reviews have analysed different aspects of international labour mobility schemes between Pacific countries and New Zealand and Australia. This systematic literature review (SLR) takes stock of these studies and asks what they individually and collectively reveal about their economic and social value, and their development impact in the Pacific. This report provides a fresh understanding of the links between labour markets in Pacific counties and those in New Zealand and Australia. It also offers updated information and an analytical framework for Pacific governments to develop the appropriate labour market polices for their sustainable economic development.

Authors: Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Evelyn Masters, New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research

Date: January 2017