Labour mobility in the Pacific

The latest report from the New Zealand Institute for Pacific Research is on labour mobility in the Pacific.

In the report Associate Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem and Evelyn Marsters undertake a systematic literature review to examine the state of present knowledge on key labour programmes such as the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme in New Zealand and the Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP).

The report asks:

  • What is known about the development effects (impacts, outcomes, cost-effectiveness – directly and indirectly on different stakeholders) of the RSE and the SWP schemes in the Pacific since 2007?
  • What is known about how the RSE scheme contributes to wider development aspirations of Pacific countries?
  • What are the main gaps in the evidence on effects and on the wider development aspirations?


Labour mobility in the Pacific: A systematic literature review of development impacts