3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Apr 2008  
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Welcome to the latest newsletter from the National Migrant Statistics Unit (NMSU).

The National Migrant Statistics Unit recently released the Perspectives on Migrants (cat. no. 3416.0) series. The first issue contains four articles that look at: Birthplace and religion; Migrants' experiences of crime victimisation; Overseas students; and Migrants and English proficiency. We expect to release additional articles later in the year that will highlight other issues related to migrant and ethnic population groups within Australia.

Two products released in the second half of 2007, the Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources (cat. no. 3414.0) and the Migrant Data Matrices (cat. no 3415.0), have had an 'Evaluation Form' added to them in the past few weeks. We are seeking your feedback on the usefulness of the products and, in the case of the Migrant Data Matrices, an indication of what other surveys that you would like to see included. I encourage you to make use of this facility.

The 2007 Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants survey was conducted in November 2007. The initial results from the survey are expected to be released on 28 May 2008 in the publication Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).

May 2008 will see the first meeting of the Migrant Statistics Advisory Group. This group, expected to initially comprise representatives from federal and state government as well as academia, will provide valuable advice to the program in terms of important issues, policies and statistical needs. The group is expected to meet on an annual basis.

Over the course of the next few months we will be consulting with federal and state government agencies as well as other interested parties in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the major policy drivers and statistical needs as they relate to the field of migrants and ethnicity related issues.

The remainder of 2008 promises to be an interesting year in the NMSU. I will be handing over the Manager position of the NMSU to David Bartie for the next eight months. David has recently worked on the questionnaire development of the 2007 Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants. I am sure he will be a valuable addition to the NMSU team.

Andrew Middleton
Acting Director
Culture, Recreation and Migrant Statistics