Changing patterns of migration to Australia's northern territory: Evidence of new forms of escalator migration to frontier regions?

Catherine Martel, Dean Carson, Andrew Taylor

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    Abstract

    Building on Fielding's idea of escalator regions as places where young people migrate (often temporarily) to get rapid career advancement, this paper pro-poses a new perspective on 'escalator migration' as it applies to frontier or re-mote regions in particular. Life events, their timing and iterations have changed in the thirty years since Fielding first coined the term 'escalator region', with delayed adulthood, multiple career working lives, population ageing and differ-ent dynamics between men and women in the work and family sphere. The object of this paper is to examine recent migration trends to Australia's North-ern Territory for evidence of new or emerging 'escalator migrants'.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-113
    Number of pages13
    JournalMigration Letters
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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