The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19?

Tavan, Gwenda and Persian, Jayne and Greenwood, Justine (2020) The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19? Australian Policy and History (September 7, 2020).


Abstract

On May 3 Kristina Keneally, the federal opposition Immigration and Home Affairs spokesperson, wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘As a result of COVID-19, Australia will soon have an opportunity to do something we have never done before: restart a migration program’. Kenneally has a point. The COVID 19 crisis presents challenges commensurate with those experienced after World War II, including the need to rebuild social and economic systems. At that time, the Australian government looked to immigration and population growth to resolve various challenges including Australia’s defence capacities, post-war economic development, and international efforts to resettle millions of refugees displaced across Europe. In doing so, it had to overcome longstanding popular prejudices against migrants and asylum seekers amongst sections of the population. In 2020, as Australia faces very similar concerns, might immigration and a re-energised Department of Immigration help the country rebuild?


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2021 01:59
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2021 04:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, immigration, Covid-19, department, international students
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430319 Migration history
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2302 Government and politics > 230204 Public services policy advice and analysis
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40931

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