Migration to Australia with Particular Reference to Asian Migration

Tisdell, C. A. (1998) Migration to Australia with Particular Reference to Asian Migration. Economic Issues no. 1, Department of Economics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Tisdell, C. A.
Title Migration to Australia with Particular Reference to Asian Migration
School, Department or Centre Department of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Report Number Economic Issues no. 1
Publication date 1998-09-01
Subject 370502 Migration
Abstract/Summary The paper provides some historical background on Australia's immigration policies and outlines Australia's current criteria-based immigration programme which allows for immigration under four categories: (1) family reunion (2) skills - persons with skills deemed to be needed in Australia (3) humanitarian entry - a special category to assist refugees and those subject to treatment considered to be a gross violation of human rights (4) New Zealand citizens - a special category. Total entry under the family reunion plus skills category is subject to an annual quota. Immigration has often been a contentious issue in Australia. The main issues raised about migration to Australia, especially economic issues, are reviewed and discussed. These include impacts of immigrants on unemployment, wages, and available skills, their labour force participation, effect on unemployment, dependence on public funds, their settlement in urban areas, and immigration in relation to direct investment, tourism and provision of educational services. Aspects of Australian immigration are given special attention: the different economic experiences of English and non-English-speaking immigrants from Asia, the labour force participation rates of different groups of Asian immigrants, their employment by industry-types, their occupations and their income levels compared to the Australian born. This paper should dispel some of the misconceptions about the economic position and role of Australian immigrants.
Keyword Migration
immigration
Australia
Asia
immigrants
employment
unemployment

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