Analysis could also be beneficially applied to the position of refugees and asylum seekers and to considering international policy arrangements for the management of global population movements. Economists have in the past led the way on international integration in relation to trade and capital flows. For instance, consider the role of Australian-derived notions such as 'effective protection' in intellectually underpinning international trade liberalisation. Or consider Australia's prominent role in international multilateralism ranging from the formation of the United Nations through to the Cairns Group and the Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation initiative. There is also a role awaiting leadership in population flows. In many ways the Australian migration experience is a commendable achievement and an excellent platform for the assertion of a leadership role. Greater attention to integration of local scholarship in immigration economics into world learning would be a helpful additional step.There is a rich intellectual heritage as well as distinctive future research opportunities that could well be better projected beyond Australia itself.
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