The going gets rougher: exploring the labour market outcomes of international graduates in Australia


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The retention of international graduates has been deemed a viable approach to redressing skill shortages in many countries mainly owing to their local academic credentials. Notwithstanding, there is growing, albeit fragmented, evidence that international graduates who stayed on after course completion struggle to integrate into the host labour market. Building on this evidence, this study examines patterns, trends and changes in the labour market outcomes of international graduates who remained in Australia at four months after course completion between 1998 and 2015. Drawing on the...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Students; International education; Labour market; Migration

Keywords: International students; Graduates; Trend; Employment outcomes; Employment pattern; Unemployment; Underemployment; Skills mismatch; Skilled migration; Transition from education and training to employment

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: St Lucia, Queensland: Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland, 2021

Physical description: 27 p.

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Series: LCC working paper series; no. 2021-04

Related items: TD/TNC 149.708

Statement of responsibility: Angelina Tang, Francisco Perales, Francisco Rowe, Janeen Baxter

A related working paper entitled 'From bad to worse: examining the deteriorating labour market outcomes of international graduates in Australia' is available in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 149.708.

Resource type: Working paper

Document number: TD/TNC 143.1003

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