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POSTPONED – Skills on the Move: De-skilling, up-skilling and re-skilling in labour migration

This event has been postponed due to interruptions of international travel resulting from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Centre for Global Migrations is delighted to host Professor Maria Reinaruth D Carlos from Ryukoku University, Japan. Her public lecture examines overseas-trained nurses in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand and the links between skills processes and labour migration patterns.

Migrant workers have various ways of leveraging skills in destination countries. It has been observed that many tend to take up jobs that require less or different skills than what they gained prior to migration. I cite the case of professional overseas-trained nurses (mainly from the Philippines) in Japan, Singapore and New Zealand, whose migration phenomenon has gained greater international attention because of the issues of ageing population and 'brain waste'.

In this presentation, I explore the links between skills processes and labour migration patterns. What kinds of skills are required and how are they measured? To what extent do policy frameworks regarding skills (such as assessment and accreditation) in potential destinations influence the decision of workers on what skills they acquire prior to and during migration? How do they deal with skills mismatch between home and host countries? Here, I put special attention on deskilling, up-skilling and reskilling as inevitable processes and/or outcomes in the worker’s stepwise migration in the light of increasingly restrictive migration regulations and skills recognition/accreditation regimes, as well as the changing labour market needs particularly of highly preferred overseas destinations.

Professor Maria Reinaruth D. Carlos is Professor of Economics in the Faculty of International Studies in Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan. Her research interest is on the economic issues arising from international migration from the perspective of the sending country, particularly the Philippines. Currently, her research studies focus on the empirical and theoretical investigation of the stepwise international migration behaviour of Philippine-educated nurses with case studies from Japan, UK, Australia, New Zealand and host countries in Southeast Asia, and on issues concerning the recruitment, employment and retention of foreign nurses and careworkers in Japan.

Date Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Time 12:00pm - 1:00am
Audience Public,All University,Alumni
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Public Lecture
LocationRoom 1.20, Hunter Centre Seminar Room, Hunter Centre, 279-281 Great King Street, Dunedin
Contact NameCentre for Global Migrations

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