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Australian Immigration Unemployment

Locals losing out on jobs because of high immigration.

“HIGH immigration is harming the job prospects of young Australians, says a Monash University study.

The report found about 200,000 migrants who arrived here over the last two years had found work.

This equalled the total number of new jobs created in Australia over the same period.

Monash population expert Dr Bob Birrell said Australians faced ferocious competition from the new arrivals, especially in less-skilled jobs in areas such as manufacturing, retail, construction and food services.”


Report titled “Impact of Recent Immigration on the Australian Workforce” is available here via Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University.


Birrell and Healy have made a subjective statistical correlation between headline number of “immigrants” and jobs available, with neither qualitative evidence, nor evidence of a direct causal link (something they should understand as “researchers”).

However, that is not the point, have Birrell et al, in decades of “immigration research” ever found anything positive about “immigrants”?

This “research” is not surprising as he had contributed, possibly unwittingly on numerous occasions, to John Tanton’s journal “The Social Contract Press” in the USA. The Social Contract, at best, has been described as the fulcrum for “white nationalists” obsessed with immigration and sustainable population growth, masquerading as care for the environment (described as “green washing”).


One Response to “Australian Immigration Unemployment”

  1. This research has enough holes to drive a truck through it…. and “researchers” admit that they are guessing in some parts.

    Making a correlation between temporary/permanent immigration headline statistics, with claim they are taking available employment in Australia, through subjective selection and judgements, is not research let alone valid or reliable theory.

    One should be taking into account related factors and variables such as:

    1. Many new and/or temporary residents of working age may not be looking for, let alone be interested in, employment, whether they are international students or immigrants.

    2. Non English Speaking Background (NESB) conclusions are confusing, on one hand they claim they are taking jobs, yet on the other hand claim they have less success in finding employment? Damned if they do, damned if they don’t…..

    3. Research has shown that both Australians and new arrivals, who may or may not be of NESB, but not having Anglo/Celtic or northern European names, have difficulties in being offered job interviews, and therefore employment.

    4. Many 457 temporary visa holders are working in specialist and/or regional areas, precluding many Australians working in same positions.

    5. Working holiday visa (WHV) makers are limited to 3 months (?) with one employer, plus they need to do agricultural work in that first year for second year WHV visa eligibility, and that second year qualifies them for inclusion in net overseas migration statistics (NOM).

    6. International students are limited to 20 hours per week during study term or semester (full time at vacation), and like in 1. above many don’t want to, let alone need to work.

    7. Both international students and many WHV makers are disadvantaged in comparison to Australians as they are NESB, or speak English as Foreign or Second Language (EFL/ESL).

    8. Many Australian unemployed may only be prepared to work a lower number of hours (credits) as anymore will impact upon the Centrelink or Social Security benefits.

    9. What is the impact of baby boomers extending their working life to top up their pension or superannuation accounts, not just upon immigrants and temporary residents, but upon generations X and Y who may be facing a glass ceiling?

    Sources of data or references used, apart from quantitative, are made up of self or circular referencing e.g. nine out of seventeen are Birrell’s own “research” via his journal “People and Place”, with others being e.g. newspaper column comments section, regarding hospitality industry.

    This latter phenomenon not only leads to invalid and/or flawed qualitative data, e.g. whoever can be motivated to write (mostly) negative comments, and could be viewed as selective.

    This leads onto another related issue in Australia, the propensity for supposed liberal or progressive media to racially stereotype e.g. why choose Chinese Australian owned hospitality industry to investigate, simultaneously by Fairfax in both Sydney and Melbourne (“Underclass of restaurant employees in Sydney grossly underpaid”), when the practice of cash payments, no superannuation etc. is possibly widespread across the whole industry?

    The same “august” media outlet had targeted supposed “dodgy” private vocational colleges for offering courses allowing permanent residency applications via occupations on the Skilled Occupation List (SOL), yet TAFEs and universities were and still are doing the same (with some universities and colleges facing severe difficulties if accounting, as rumoured, is taken off SOL)?

    As one of their senior journalists claimed few years ago, international students are “given visas”, and most Australians assumed they are also given automatic residency.

    One can disagree with Birrell and his nativist views, but it also reflects badly upon the prejudices, subjectivity and lack of analysis that many journalists and reporters in the Australian media practice.

    Like in the USA and its “neo con” influence (helped by an Australian/American with influence in the media), Australia’s media from liberal progressives through to conservative right have not been serving objective journalism to inform Australians, well.

    In other words, a victory of opinions and emotions over facts and evidence, pessimistic in outlook, creating alarm and making peple malleable.

    In the case of immigration and population, it offers politicians, governments and related public sector departments the excuse to be and appear authoritarian.

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