Dr George Tan


Research Associate

George is a Research Fellow at the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University (Australia). He was previously a Research Associate at the at the Hugo Centre for Migration (2012-2016) and Population and the Public Health Information Development Unit (2017-2020). George has over 10 years of teaching and research experience in Geography, specifically in the fields of migration and population research. He has a keen research interest in international migration, particularly around international students, skilled migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Some of his recent work includes understanding the post-study migration outcomes of international students in Australia and the experiences of skilled migrants in regional migration programs. His work connects strongly with industry and all levels of government as demonstrated by his recent appointment by the Hon. Alex Hawke, Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs to the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MACSM). George is also collaborating with colleagues from various organisations and Australian universities to host an upcoming forum on exploring the resettlement of refugees in regional Australia which will seek to highlight new and emerging issues in this space.

Research Interests

  • Understanding international migration patterns, trends and processes
  • International students
  • Skilled migrants and the policy implications of their migration and settlement processes and outcomes
  • Refugees and asylum seekers and their settlement outcomes in regional Australia
  • Population analysis

Current Projects

  • George is currently working on understanding the international migration flows of skilled migrants to regional defined States and Territories in Australia.
  • George is also collaborating with researchers from Deakin and Monash University on the post-study work experiences of international graduates on the temporary graduate visa.
  • He is also working with researchers at the University of South Australia and Charles Sturt University exploring the social, cultural and economic impacts that humanitarian migrant communities can have on receiving communities.

Professional Positions, Memberships, Awards & Media Coverage

Link to Research Publications

Dr George Tan


T: +61 8 8946 6224
E: george.tan@cdu.edu.au

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