From the 1970s to the present time, Fiji remained a labor emigrant country in Pacific and this can be attributed to the influences of globalizing processes In addition to the continuing permanent Indo-Fijian emigration from the country, Fiji has been witnessing new trends in temporary labor migration whereby mostly the indigenous Fijians, including peacekeeping forces, security personnel, nurses, sportspeople and students move out of the country on temporary basis (Mohanty, 2006). Most of the indigenous Fijian migrants are moving to non-traditional areas such as the Middle East. For example, ‘more than 1,000 former Fiji military and police officers are employed in Iraq’ (Fiji Times 2005). Under the influence of globalizing processes, geographic proximity is no longer the primary driver of Fiji’s current temporary labor migration. The number of students moving to overseas on scholarship programs is also on an increase. According to Lal (2003) this is another type of mobility that leads to increased temporary migration from Fiji.
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