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About Migration Dialogue

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Migration News: Australia, New Zealand

Australia continues to debate the proper role of 457-work visas for skilled foreigners who can remain from three months to four years. There is no cap on the number of 457-visas that can be issued, and foreigners since 2013 can stay in Australia up to 90 days after they lose their jobs to seek another job.

Some farm labor contractors in Australia in June 2014 were reportedly advertising for "only Asian farm workers," a likely violation of the Fair Work Act if they are discriminating against non-Asian workers. Farmers said that labor contractors placed the ads without their knowledge.

New Zealand. As New Zealand prepares to rebuild Christchurch, which was damaged in a 2010 earthquake, half of the estimated 30,000 additional workers are expected to be migrants. The opposition Labor Party said that the Christchurch rebuild was an opportunity to put local or kiwi workers back to work.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.