Labour mobility under research spotlight

Fijian tourism sector workers in Uluru, Australia. Photo: Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme/Facebook

When Samoa’s Prime Minister told returning seasonal workers last year, “I want Samoa to be a place where people want to live,” it highlighted the dilemma facing not just Samoa, but a number of other Pacific nations.

Speaking at the 2023 Pacific Update on the subject of Pacific migration in June, the Director of Samoan Studies at the National University of Samoa, Leasiolagi Dr Malama Meleisea, observed that the government is “between a rock and a hard place.”

The researcher noted that while Samoa wants prosperity without losing its most capable people . . .

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