Temporary labour migration and experiences of risk and uncertainty

Boese, M and Campbell, I 2013, 'Temporary labour migration and experiences of risk and uncertainty', in N. Osbaldiston, C. Strong, H. Forbes-Mewett (ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference; Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Melbourne, Australia, 25-28 November 2013, pp. 1-17.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Temporary labour migration and experiences of risk and uncertainty
Author(s) Boese, M
Campbell, I
Year 2013
Conference name TASA 2013
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 25-28 November 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference; Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology
Editor(s) N. Osbaldiston, C. Strong, H. Forbes-Mewett
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Abstract Temporary labour migration to Australia is a fast growing form of migration, which has begun to attract heated debate. This paper uses the lens of a sociology of risk and uncertainty in exploring one dimension often absent from the public discussion: the experiences and perspectives of the temporary migrants themselves. Our study of internationally qualified nurses on 457 temporary visas indicates that temporary migrants experience a high degree of risk and uncertainty, linked in particular with dependence on their employers. As studies of precarious migrant status suggest, much of this uncertainty is anchored in the legal regulation of their migrant status. We use nurses' accounts of uncertainty in order to ground an analysis that seeks to explore two additional interrelated dimensions: first, the effects of migrant status on different dimensions of temporary migrants' lives; and second, the influence of migrants' biographies and plans and hopes for the future on their perception, affective experience and negotiation of risk and uncertainty.
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Temporary labour migration
457 visa
precariousness
risk
uncertainty
experiences of risk and uncertainty
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