Critical Events and Labour Mobility: Relocations in the Wake of the Ansett Airlines collapse

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Weller, Sally Anne (2009) Critical Events and Labour Mobility: Relocations in the Wake of the Ansett Airlines collapse. Geographical Research, 47 (3). pp. 242-255. ISSN 1745-5863


Migration plays an important role in neo-liberal regional adjustment. This paper explores the role of economic shocks in stimulating internal migration within Australia. Drawing on the experiences of retrenched Ansett airlines employees, it argues that economic crisis impels some households to relocate but traps others in places with restricted employment prospects. For some, the crisis of retrenchment triggers inter-State migration to take up new jobs. For others, it prompts relocation to less expensive housing, often in a geographically proximate location. These opposing responses, which are different outcomes of similar causal processes, exacerbate regional inequalities as they selectively encourage younger skilled workers to enter growing regions. The combination of high housing costs and insecure employment discourages speculative migration. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the policy implications of these findings.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1604 Human Geography
Historical > SEO Classification > 9199 Other Economic Framework
Keywords ResPubID17947. labour mobility, Ansett airlines collapse, inter-state migration, aviation
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