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3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Oct 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/10/2010   
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The fifth edition in the series Perspectives on Migrants (cat. no. 3416.0) was released on June 15, 2010. This series provides informed commentary to assist those interested in issues related to migrants and migration to Australia.

As part of the ABS Census Data Enhancement (CDE) project, an experimental data file was created by linking de-identified information from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Settlement Database (SDB) to a 5% de-identified sample of records from the 2006 Census. An ABS Research Paper describing the linking process and assessing the quality of the linked file was released in August 2009, 'Research paper: Assessing the Quality of Linking Migrant Settlement Records to Census Data' (ABS cat. no. 1351.0.55.027). The two articles using the linked file in this release discuss;

      Humanitarian Program migrants require specific policy responses and programs that reflect the unique circumstances of their arrival to Australia. Humanitarian Program migrants have often experienced trauma in their lives prior to their arrival in Australia and, as a result, it may take longer for them to achieve employment and other positive settlement outcomes and they may require more assistance when they arrive. However, this group may also be more motivated to find employment or further their education because they have been given the opportunity to start a new life. Due to small population size this is also a migrant group for which little survey data are available. The article explores various aspects including; selected demographic characteristics (e.g. age, country of birth, religious affiliation, family composition, English proficiency), Australian citizenship status, education, employment, occupation, income and volunteer work.
      Over the last 10 - 15 years, Australian migration policies have increasingly focused on attracting skilled migrants. The aim of these policies is to bring in skilled migrants with recognised skills who are able to fill particular positions required in Australia. Migrants may have difficulty finding employment, particularly those who have recently arrived in Australia. The ease with which migrants find employment, and broader labour force outcomes, may depend on the type of visa they possess, i.e. their entry conditions. The article explores various aspects including; labour force status, characteristics of employed migrants, English proficiency, income, year of arrival and volunteer work.
A series of Excel data cubes will soon be released on the two topics. The Excel data cubes will contain proportions based on experimental estimates from the SDB_SLCD linked file for Skilled, Family and Humanitarian migrants.

SA Stats, June 2010 (cat. no. 1345.4) was released on 29 June, 2010. It contained a feature article on International Students and the VET sector in South Australia. The article reported that International students are significant contributors to the South Australian economy with income from international students totalling $990m in 2009 which accounted for almost 10% of the state's exports.

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