The working experiences of student migrants in Australia and New Zealand

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Proceedings of 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Dialogue Down-under., 2011
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Changes in employment environments within Australia and New Zealand due to globalisation have resulted in certain groups of workers congregating at the periphery of the labour market. Precarious work is typically located in tedious or hazardous positions with little regulation, supervision, and poor remuneration. While research on contingent labour has increased, an ignored area of research concerns international students for tertiary education but find it necessary to work while studying, usually for financial reasons. Nonetheless, research to date primarily concentrates either on the working experiences of migrants, or the educational experiences of international students; rather than examining the working experiences of international students. Therefore, concerns and uncertainties arise regarding the experiences of working student migrants- do their working lives help or hinder their opportunities for progression? Further, what are the implications of student migrants for Australia and New Zealand?
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