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Who is Coming from Vanuatu to New Zealand under the New Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Program?

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  • David McKenzie

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    (World Bank, BREAD and IZA)

  • Pilar Garcia Martinez

    (World Bank)

  • L. Alan Winters

    (University of Sussex, CEPR, IZA)

Abstract

New Zealand’s new Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) program allows workers from the Pacific Islands to come to New Zealand for up to seven months to work in the horticulture and viticulture industries. One of the explicit objectives of the program is to encourage economic development in the Pacific. In this paper we report on the results of a baseline survey taken in Vanuatu, which allows us to examine who wants to participate in the program, and who is selected amongst those interested. We find the main participants are males in their late 20s to early 40s, most of whom are married and have children. Most workers are subsistence farmers in Vanuatu and have not completed more than 10 years of schooling. Such workers would be unlikely to be accepted under existing migration channels. Nevertheless, we find RSE workers from Vanuatu to come from wealthier households, and have better English literacy and health than individuals not applying for the program. Lack of knowledge about the policy and the costs of applying appear to be the main barriers preventing poorer individuals applying.

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Paper provided by University of Waikato, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 08/09.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 18 Jun 2008
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Handle: RePEc:wai:econwp:08/09

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  1. John Gibson & David McKenzie & Halahingano Rohorua, 2008. "How Pro-Poor is the Selection of Seasonal Migrant Workers from Tonga under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Program?," Working Papers in Economics 08/08, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
  2. John Gibson & David McKenzie, 2010. "The Development Impact of a Best Practice Seasonal Worker Policy," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1029, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  3. Gibson, John & McKenzie, David, 2009. "Preliminary Impacts of a New Seasonal Work Program on Rural Household Incomes in the Pacific," 2009 Conference, August 16-22, 2009, Beijing, China 50101, International Association of Agricultural Economists.
  4. Rosholm, Michael & Roed, Marianne & Schone, Pal, 2006. "Are New Work Practices and New Technologies Biased against Immigrant Workers?," IZA Discussion Papers 2135, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  5. Gibson, John & McKenzie, David & Rohorua, Halahingano, 2008. "How pro-poor is the selection of seasonal migrant workers from Tonga under New Zealand's recognized seasonal employer program ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4698, The World Bank.
  6. John Gibson & David McKenzie & Halahingano Rohorua, 2013. "Development Impacts of Seasonal and Temporary Migration: A Review of Evidence from the Pacific and Southeast Asia," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1308, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
  7. John Gibson & David Mckenzie, 2011. "Australia's Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme (PSWPS): Development Impacts in the First Two Years," Working Papers in Economics 11/09, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.
  8. Edmundo Murrugarra & Jennica Larrison & Marcin Sasin, 2011. "Migration and Poverty : Toward Better Opportunities for the Poor," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2535, August.

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