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  • Title: The Emergence of Australia’s Business Migration Program and Entrepreneurial Diversity Policy
  • Author(s): Patrick Brownlee
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review
  • Keywords: Multicultural Policy, Diversity, Globalisation, Neoliberalism, Australian Politics
  • Volume: 12
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2013
  • ISSN: 1447-9532 (Print)
  • ISSN: 1447-9583 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9532/CGP/v12/40150
  • Citation: Brownlee, Patrick. 2013. "The Emergence of Australia’s Business Migration Program and Entrepreneurial Diversity Policy." The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review 12 (1): 15-31. doi:10.18848/1447-9532/CGP/v12/40150.
  • Extent: 17 pages

Abstract

Australia’s immigration policy has always been an economic concern, whether in restricting Chinese merchants and labourers in the early 1900s, populating post-WWII Australia for large scale industrialisation, or facilitating Asian business migration in the 1980s and ‘90s. Up to the mid-1980s, however, immigration policy did not systematically require nor mobilise ethnicity as a productive resource, nor was ethnicity important to national consumption. This paper reflects on Australia’s entry into the global market-based economy through its combined immigration and multicultural policies. With the trend towards business and skilled migration programs an emergent feature of a number of industrialised economies at this time, the ‘quality’ of diversity assumed a significance hitherto irrelevant to economics of migration. By linking diversity with individual productivity, the paper problematises multicultural policymaking within neoliberal market economics.