The Federation Press

Nation Skilling

Migration, labour and the law


Skilled migration is rapidly rising as countries vie for the ’best and brightest’ migrants to fill labour market shortages or to add to their stock of ’knowledge workers’. The ’knowledge economy’, and the increasing value placed on human capital over physical capital, has led to what some describe as a ’war over skills’.

Within this context, the way in which Australia seeks to attract skilled permanent and temporary migrants is put under the spotlight in this very timely publication. Are we open and flexible or defensive and protectionist? This book compares the policies of Australia with those of other nations.

What makes this book unique is the input of lawyers, for the first time in Australia, in the discussion of issues. Their challenge to existing selection policies, taxation systems and recognition mechanisms provides a major new contribution to these topics.

Table of Contents


Nation Skilling: Immigration, Labour and the Law
Mary Crock and Ben Saul
Australian Immigration: Grasping the New Reality
Phillip Ruddock
A Comparative Look at Immigration andHuman Capital Assessment
Stephen Yale-Loehr and Christoph Hoashi-Erhardt
Contract or Compact: Skilled Migration and the Dictates of Politics and Ideology
Mary Crock
US Immigration Policy: Admission of Highly Skilled Workers
Susan Martin, B. Lindsay Lowell and Philip Martin


Migration and Demography: Global and Australian Trends and Issues for Policy Makers, Business and Employers
Graeme Hugo
Australian Labour Law, Migration and the Performance of Work
Ron McCallum
Taxation of Expatriate Employees in Australia
Richard Vann
Internationalisation of the Professions and Mobility of Labour
Robyn Iredale
Migration, Citizenship and the Right to Work: Recognition of Overseas Medical Qualifications in Australia
Margaret Allars


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