'Mate Speak English, You're in Australia Now': English Language Requirements in Skilled Migration

Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, p. 110, 2011

6 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2011

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Laurie Berg

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law

Abstract

The last decade has seen the introduction or increase in English language thresholds across Australia's skilled permanent migration program and, in some cases, for applicants for temporary skilled visas. These increases have been achieved variously by regulatory amendment and judicial interpretation of the Migration Regulations. This article charts these trends, unpacks the policy rationales that have been offered for these increases and explores their undesirable and unintended consequences.

Keywords: skilled migration, English language, White Australia policy

Suggested Citation

Berg, Laurie, 'Mate Speak English, You're in Australia Now': English Language Requirements in Skilled Migration. Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 36, No. 2, p. 110, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1883350

Laurie Berg (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney
Australia

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