30 Nov 2023

RSE schemes in question

From , 6:03 am on 30 November 2023


Some Pacific countries are questioning the benefits of the seasonal worker schemes in Australia and New Zealand. 

In the year to June 2023, 48,000 people left the island nations to participate in the schemes - but Pacific leaders in Samoa, Vanuatu, and Fiji have expressed concern. 

Samoa's Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says countries such as hers shouldn't be seen merely as `outposts' which `grow' labourers for developed countries.

RNZ Pacific's Caleb Fotheringham has more.