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3416.0 - Perspectives on Migrants, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/02/2008  First Issue
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This article examines the relationship between the birthplace of migrants to Australia and other personal characteristics to determine whether knowledge of country of birth can act as a proxy for other characteristics. The relationship between religion and country of birth is examined as an example.


This article considers such issues as:

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


A range of sources of data on overseas students from all sectors of education in Australia are highlighted in this article. It examines:
  • the number of persons from overseas who study in Australia and the countries from which they have come;
  • the age and sex of overseas students;
  • sectors in which overseas students are studying;
  • universities that overseas students attend; and
  • types of jobs in which overseas students are employed.


This article not only looks at the English proficiency of migrants to Australia and interrelated factors such as educational attainment, labour force status and household income but it also shows how the new Migrant Data Matrices (ABS cat. no. 3415.0) can be used as a research tool.

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