Income from seasonal employment outweighs trade and aid from Australia, says new research

‘Oku mahu’inga ange ‘a e malava ke ngāue ‘i ‘Aositelēlia’ ki Tonga ‘i he tokoni mei he ngaahi fonua muli’ pe fefakatau’aki, fakatatau ‘eni ki ha fakatotolo ‘a ha ongo ākonga ‘Aositelēlia. Na pehē ‘oku fu’u fakafalala ‘a e Pasifiki’ ‘i māmani mo e tokoni ‘oku fakamole ia ki he kakai totongi tukuhau ‘a ‘Aositelēlia’. ‘I hono fakafaikehekehe’i’, ko e kau Tonga ko ē ‘oku ōmai ki ‘Aositelēlia ‘i he polokalama ‘a e taha ngāue fakafa’ahita’u’ ‘oku lelei ia ki he ‘ekonōmia ‘a ‘Aositelēlia’. Pea' na pehē kuo taimi ki ‘Aositelēlia ke fakaava ha toe matapā lahi ange tu’uma’u ki he kau folau ki ai’.

The ability to work in Australia was more important for Tonga than aid or trade, according to research by two Australian academics. They said the Pacific was heavily aid-dependent region in the world and aid cost the Australian taxpayer. In contrast, Tongan workers who came to Australia on seasonal worker programmes benefitted the Australian economy….


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