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Year of Arrival in Australia collects the year in which a person, born in another country, first arrived in Australia with the intention of living here for one year or more. The year in which an overseas-born person arrived in Australia can be used to derive the variable Period of Residence in Australia, which is included as part of this standard.
Data related to Year of Arrival in Australia can be used in conjunction with variables such as Country of Birth and Proficiency in Spoken English to analyse settlement patterns for various migrant groups.
Period of Residence in Australia can be used in cross classification with other data, to analyse how the characteristics of migrants change with the length of time they have been in Australia.
Closely associated with the variable Country of Birth, Year of Arrival in Australia should only be asked of those people who were born in a country other than Australia.
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