Immigrant occupational mobility in Australia

Fleming, Christopher M., Kifle, Temesgen and Kler, Parvinder (2016) Immigrant occupational mobility in Australia. Work, Employment and Society, 30 5: 876-889. doi:10.1177/0950017016631446

Author Fleming, Christopher M.
Kifle, Temesgen
Kler, Parvinder
Title Immigrant occupational mobility in Australia
Journal name Work, Employment and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0950-0170
Publication date 2016-03-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0950017016631446
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 30
Issue 5
Start page 876
End page 889
Total pages 14
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract This research note takes an occupational attainment approach to examining the economic assimilation of immigrants in Australia. This approach differs from much of the existing literature, which tends to examine economic assimilation by looking at levels of (un)employment or wages. Focusing on occupational attainment is useful, in that disadvantage in the labour market is not limited to employment status and earnings, and an individual’s occupation may provide a broader signal of their economic and social well-being. Findings indicate that, on arrival, immigrants from a non-English speaking background face significant disadvantage in occupational attainment, particularly those from Asian countries. There is also evidence to suggest that those who arrive later in life, or are from an Asian non-English speaking background, are the least likely to assimilate over time. Results are indicative of the need for policies to better integrate immigrants from more diverse cultures and societies into the Australian labour market.
Keyword Economic assimilation
Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 11 March 2016

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