The future of globalisation seems uncertain as protectionist sentiments gain traction across the West in the face of rising inequality.

This seminar will delve into immigration – a phenomenon that is an integral part of globalisation, challenges with immigrant assimilation, and the impacts of immigration on the host country. We will explore how nations could fashion policies to ensure that immigration works for everyone.

Course outline:

This seminar will explore:
  • History of immigration, new patterns in immigration and immigration into New Zealand.
  • What can immigrants bring to their host economy?
  • What are the challenges associated with assimilating immigrants into the host economy?
  • How do immigrants impact the host economy?  Examining the theory and evidence.
  • Fashioning policies that can harness immigration for everyone’s benefit.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this seminar participants will be able to:
  • Understand the patterns of immigration historically and the current context.
  • Think through the impacts of immigration on New Zealand’s economy – their benefits and associated challenges.
  • Critically examine policies that seek to maximize gains to New Zealand from immigration and minimize negative impacts.

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in understanding globalisation, its benefits and challenges and the current public backlash against it in many parts of the western world.

About the Presenter

Dr Asha Sundaram
M.Phil, University of Oxford, MA and PhD, Syracuse University, New York 

Asha Sundaram is a senior lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Auckland.  Prior to joining UoA, she held a faculty position at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  She grew up in Mumbai, India and has an M.Phil from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Syracuse University, New York.  She has consulted with international organizations like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.  Her research focuses on international trade, immigration and economic development.