Uncertainty and Gen-Y

Thursday, 25 September 2014
Theatre Q227, Level 2, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton
RSVP: Kate Alexander by 20 September 2014 (E: klal@unimelb.edu.au or T: 8344 9633)

"Young Australians are managing their transition from education to work … in a period of uncertainty that has come to be defining for young people", creating a generation socialized into a precarious work environment, where flexibility and adaptability are key individual assets and horizontal mobility more likely than vertical mobility," according to a recent study undertaken at the Youth Research Centre (Cuervo, Crofts & Wyn 2013).

In this seminar, Professor Binod Khadria addresses this development, arguing that the phenomenon is not unique to Australia.

A global perspective, he argues, provides a missing half of the story –the supply side of the labour market. Professor Khadria explores the "trinity of the dynamic conflicts of interest" of "age, wage and vintage" between host and home countries that drive trends in international migration from the demand side, leading to widespread replacement of permanent migration with temporary migration.

He draws on demographic and labour market data as well as information from India and globally to explore how the present generation of migrant youths transmit their attitudes across space and thereby influence decision-making by the earlier generations back home.

Professor Binod Khadria is Professor of Economics and Education in the Zakir Husain Centre of Educational Studies at the Jawarharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and has been awarded a Melbourne-Asian Century visiting Fellowship at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education for 2014 and 2015.

He is a leader in the field of skilled migration, diaspora and education policy studies.

His book, The Migration of Knowledge Workers: Second-generation Effects of India's Brain Drain (Sage, 1999) has been used as a new way of thinking about migration and its effects.