On 5 December 2019, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Temporary Migration to inquire into and report on the impact temporary migration has on the Australian economy, wages and jobs, social cohesion and workplace rights and conditions.
RCOA made a submission to the Select Committee, highlighting our longstanding concerns about the situation for refugee and people seeking asylum on temporary visas. RCOA’s submission focused on:
- government policy settings, including their impact on the employment prospects and social cohesion of Australians, including the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and recession has had on people from refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds on temporary visas;
- policy responses to challenges posed by temporary migration;
- whether permanent migration offers better long-term benefits for Australia’s economy, Australian workers and social cohesion, and
- the impact of wage theft, breaches of workplace rights and conditions, exploitation, and modern slavery on temporary migrants.