Living here, born there: The economic life of Australia's immigrants

Borooah, V. K. and Mangan, J. E. (2007) Living here, born there: The economic life of Australia's immigrants. European Journal of Political Economy, 23 2: 486-511. doi:10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2006.08.004

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Author Borooah, V. K.
Mangan, J. E.
Title Living here, born there: The economic life of Australia's immigrants
Journal name European Journal of Political Economy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0176-2680
Publication date 2007-06
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2006.08.004
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 486
End page 511
Total pages 26
Editor Hillman, A.L.
Ursprung, H.W.
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV, North Holland
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
140211 Labour Economics
Abstract A standard conclusion is that recent immigrants perform less well economically than the longer-term population. This paper investigates economic outcomes of immigrants to Australia. The history of Australian immigration policy is reviewed. Pre- and post-1996 immigration are compared using criteria that emphasize ability to make economic contributions. Entry conditions for immigrants to Australia resulted in new immigrants who were, on average, better educated than the local population and more likely to be computer literate. Post-1996 immigrants from Lebanon, North Africa and Vietnam overall did worse in terms of household income, employment status of occupation and housing conditions than local born and pre-1996 settled immigrants from these countries; however, arrivals from Europe, Britain and Irish and New Zealand did equally well or better than native Australians and settled immigrants. The Chinese were the most successful non-European group with a half holding professional or managerial jobs. However, econometric analysis shows that ancestry per se is not a strong indicator of immigrant economic success, which is closely associated with education level and time of arrival.
Keyword Immigrants -- Economic conditions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes From : Symposium on Immigration and the welfare state section of journal

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