3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Apr 2010  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/04/2010   
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The following reports and articles relevant to migrant statistics were recently released.

Discussion Paper: Census of Population and Housing - ABS Views on 2011 Census Output Geography, 2011 (cat. no. 2911.0.55.002) was released on 9 March 2010. The paper announces plans for the implementation of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) for the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is to replace the Australian Statistical Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) commencing in 2011. The Census of Population and Housing is a key source of high quality statistical data for small geographic areas. The move to the new classification will lead to improvements in the quality of small area time series data from the Census and will enable better comparison between Census and other data sources that adopt the new geographic classification.

The purpose of this paper is to:

  • inform census users of the geographical areas for which data from the 2011 Census will be available, and
  • seek user views on the range of products that will be available for the various levels of the ASGS.

Users are invited to provide feedback on the Census products and services that will be available for the new geographic areas as defined in the ASGS.

Migrants and Sport was released in the latest edition of Perspectives on Sport, Dec 2009, (cat. no. 4156.0.55.001). This article looks at children's participation in organised sport and leisure activities; adults' participation in sport and physical recreation; attendance at sporting events; persons involved in non-playing roles for organised sport; and sports volunteers from various ABS surveys. The article looks at the rates of participation, attendance and volunteering in a sport context for each of the migrant groups.

Persons born overseas in main English-speaking countries had a higher rate of participation in sport and physical recreation (72%) than persons born in Australia (68%) or persons born in other overseas countries (52%).
Walking was the most popular physical activity for all birthplace groups with a quarter of the total population (24%) participating in this activity. Those born overseas in main English-speaking countries had the highest rate of participation in walking for exercise (31%), whereas 20% of those born in other overseas countries and 25% of people born in Australia participated in this activity.

Economic, Civic, and Social Contributions of Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants - A Literature Review was prepared by the Refugee Council of Australia for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and was released in February 2010. This literature review considers the economic, social and civic contributions of refugees and covers relevant national and international sources while also seeking to identify information gaps and recommend future avenues of research.