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International student-workers in Australia : a new vulnerable workforce

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by C Nyland, H Forbes-Mewett, S Marginson, G Ramia, Erlenawati SawirErlenawati Sawir, S Smith
In the period immediately preceding the 2007 Australian election, much attention was accorded to the impact of the nation’s labour laws on vulnerable employees. This debate centred on specific groups including women, youth, migrants and workers or individual employment contracts. International students by contrast, were ignored in the debate. This omission reflects the fact that though three million students study outside their home country, this community has not previously made an appearance the labour studies literature. In this paper, we address this omission by depicting the work experience of 200 international students studying in Australian higher education institutions. We argue that a much greater proportion of international students participate in the labour market than earlier research has indicated and that in many cases they are compelled to accept very poor conditions of employment. Furthermore, we suggest that as major sponsors of international student visas, universities should inform and protect students’ labour right and that given the dire situation of many they must become a recognised part of the vulnerable-worker debate.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

14

Number of Pages

14

eISSN

1469-9435

ISSN

1363-9080

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University; National Union of Students (Australia); University of Melbourne; University of Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of education and work.