The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19?

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Tavan, Gwenda, Persian, Jayne and Greenwood, Justine. 2020. "The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19?" Australian Policy and History.
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The Department of Immigration was central to Australia's post-World War II recovery. What role might it play in Australia's recovery from COVID 19?

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AuthorsTavan, Gwenda (Author), Persian, Jayne (Author) and Greenwood, Justine (Author)
Journal TitleAustralian Policy and History
Year2020
Place of PublicationAustralia
Web Address (URL)https://aph.org.au/2020/09/the-department-of-immigration-was-central-to-australias-post-world-war-ii-recovery-what-role-might-it-play-in-australias-recovery-from-covid-19/
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On May 3 Kristina Keneally, the federal opposition Immigration and Home Affairs spokesperson, wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘As a result of COVID-19, Australia will soon have an opportunity to do something we have never done before: restart a migration program’. Kenneally has a point. The COVID 19 crisis presents challenges commensurate with those experienced after World War II, including the need to rebuild social and economic systems. At that time, the Australian government looked to immigration and population growth to resolve various challenges including Australia’s defence capacities, post-war economic development, and international efforts to resettle millions of refugees displaced across Europe. In doing so, it had to overcome longstanding popular prejudices against migrants and asylum seekers amongst sections of the population. In 2020, as Australia faces very similar concerns, might immigration and a re-energised Department of Immigration help the country rebuild?

KeywordsAustralia, immigration, Covid-19, department, international students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
430319. Migration history
Byline AffiliationsLa Trobe University
University of Southern Queensland
University of Sydney
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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