Teaching at home or overseas: Teacher migration from Fiji and the Cook Islands

Carmen Voigt-Graf, Robyn Iredale, Siew-Ean Khoo

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    Abstract

    The migration of skilled workers is increasing rapidly in Pacific Island countries including Fiji and the Cook Islands. This paper focuses on teacher migration because of the potentially far-reaching implications of this migration for educational systems and development. The situation in Fiji and the Cook Islands is compared and contrasted. Based on a survey of teachers in selected schools in Fiji and the Cook Islands, the paper examines factors related to intentions to migrate or stay. Findings from the study provide insights on how the government in Fiji and the Cook Islands can retain a competent teaching force. The paper also discusses the vulnerability of the education systems in Pacific Island countries in the light of high rates of international teacher migration.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-223
    JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
    Volume16
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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