Migration Law and Women: Gendering Australia's Migration Program

Australian Lawyers Alliance
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Journal Article
Precedent, 2018, (144 (January/February 2018)), pp. 22 - 27
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In this article, we use two case studies – the admission of skilled migrants under the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) scheme and the admission of refugees under Australia’s onshore humanitarian program – to understand the gendered nature, operation and effects of Australian migration law more generally. These two case studies reveal that the gendered nature of migration to Australia is evident in even the most cursory examination of particular visa categories and forms of migration, even if the experiences of and implications for women migrants differ across different streams of migration and specific visa categories. For example, female temporary skilled migrants are more likely to be over-represented in low-paid or casualised care industries, as nurses or carers, and women asylum seekers face risks of gendered violence when crossing borders unlawfully.
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