Adopting a mixed method approach, this research examines disruptions to Tongan households that participate in Australia’s Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). The objective of this study is to analyse changes to care arrangements of migrant workers and families and to evaluate the implications of family separation. Although recorded in other international migration spaces, there is little consideration given in academic literature on the SWP to the disruptions of care arrangements for absent migrant workers, families, and communities.
This seminar will be based on key findings from a study that explored the impacts of poor housing policy and services on Tongan families living in South Auckland, Aotearoa. The implications of the study will also be shared along with proposed research that seeks to explore Pacific peoples housing and health experiences in Western Sydney during the pandemic.