Maria O’Sullivan reviews 'Not Quite Australian: How temporary migration is changing the nation' by Peter Mares

Maria O’Sullivan reviews 'Not Quite Australian: How temporary migration is changing the nation' by Peter Mares

Not Quite Australian: How temporary migration is changing the nation

by Peter Mares

Text Publishing $32.99 pb, 357 pp, 9781925355116

Migration is widely regarded as one of the most important policy issues on the global agenda. Not only does it have economic implications for states, it also poses certain challenges for the political and social fabric of countries. In particular, what does the act of migration say about the continuing social bond between migrants and their countries of origin, and that between the migrant and the country to which they have migrated? At what point does a migrant become part of the political and social world of their new country, and how should law and policy recognise this?

In his new book, Not Quite Australian, Peter Mares deals with an aspect of this question by examining the increasing use by Australia of temporary migration, including workers on 457 visas, international students, working holidaymakers, and refugees holding temporary protection visas (TPVs).

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Published in November 2016, no. 386
Maria O'Sullivan

Maria O'Sullivan

Dr. Maria O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and an Associate of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, Australia. She teaches Administrative Law, Public Law and International Refugee Law. Her research focuses on a comparative analysis of Australian and European refugee law and practice. In 2012 she completed her doctoral thesis on Article 1C(5) of the Refugees Convention, dealing with cessation of refugee status. Maria’s recent publications include: ‘Rethinking Asylum-Seeker Detention At Sea: The Power to Detain Asylum-Seekers at Sea under the Maritime Powers Act 2013’ (2015) 38(2) UNSW Law Journal 687 and a forthcoming book: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection – Fortresses and Fairness (Hart, 2016). She has made a number of submissions to Parliamentary inquiries on refugee law issues and is a regular contributor to media commentary on asylum in Australia.

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