Australian Bureau of Statistics
6250.0 - Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia, Nov 1999
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/09/2000
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Over half adult migrants arrive with qualifications
Over half of the migrants who arrive in Australia as adults do so with a post-school qualification, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. However, the lower the level of the qualification, the less likely it is to be recognised in Australia.
The November 1999 survey, which looked at migrants who had arrived in Australia after 1980 and were aged 18 years or over on arrival, found that more than half (55 per cent) came with a post-school qualification. Of these, approximately one third (35 per cent) had a skilled or basic vocational qualification, and a further third (34 per cent) had a bachelor degree. However, less than half (48 per cent) of those with a skilled or basic vocational qualification had it recognised in Australia. Conversely, over three quarters (77 per cent) of those with a higher degree received recognition, as did nearly two thirds (63 per cent) of those with a post-graduate diploma, and over half (56 percent) of those with a bachelor degree.
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