3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Apr 2008  
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Perspectives on Migrants (ABS cat. no. 3416.0) is a new twice yearly product which presents a series of descriptive articles on migrant and ethnicity related issues. Released on 25 February, the first edition contains the following four articles.

Birthplace and religion

Country of birth is often collected in surveys and is sometimes used as an indicator of the characteristics of migrant groups based on the distribution of those characteristics in their country of origin. Yet is 'country of birth' a good proxy for other characteristics of migrants, such as religion? For example, does it mean that migrants from particular countries are affiliated with the religion/s generally associated with those countries? This article examines the relationship between birthplace and religion.

Migrants' experiences of crime victimisation

This article considers:

  • whether migrants overall are at greater risk of violence or a break-in than people born in Australia, and whether migrants from certain regions of birth are more likely to be a victim of crime
  • whether migrants' language skills are a factor in victimisation
  • whether the sex or age of migrants is related to risk of victimisation.

Overseas students
This article highlights different sources of data on overseas students. It examines:
  • the number of overseas students in Australia and the countries from which they have come
  • the age and sex of overseas students
  • sectors in which these students are studying
  • universities with large proportions of overseas students, and
  • the types of jobs in which these students are employed.

Migrants and English proficiency

This article serves two purposes:
  • it looks at the English proficiency of migrants to Australia, and interrelated factors such as educational attainment, labour force status and household income; and
  • it shows how the new Migrant Data Matrices (ABS cat. no. 3415.0) can be used as a research tool.