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3416.0 - Perspectives on Migrants, 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/08/2008   
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Predominantly utilising data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the following articles have a common theme - population characteristics of overseas born migrants by region of birth.


This article looks at the characteristics of migrants from two countries, China and India, which are significant contributors to Australia's net migration. An analysis of 2006 Census data revealed significant differences between these groups. The article examines:

  • Net overseas migration;
  • Year of arrival;
  • Visa category;
  • Income;
  • Labour force status;
  • Age and sex;
  • Education; and
  • English proficiency.


Africa has increased in importance in the context of Australia's migration programs. This article presents an overview of Africa-born persons who have settled in Australia or who were resident in Australia for the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. It briefly considers:
  • who's here?
  • when did they arrive and what type of visa was used?
  • where do most African migrants live?


The characteristics of people born in the six primary source countries – Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Iran, Israel and Syria – form the focus of this article, which briefly considers:
  • how many Middle Eastern-born people are resident in Australia and where do they live?
  • when did they arrive and what type of visa was used?
  • what is their age, sex, labour force status, level of English proficiency and religious affiliation?
  • how many people, including those born in Australia, report Middle Eastern ancestries?

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