3416.0 - Perspectives on Migrants, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2011   
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People who settle in Australia come from diverse countries and backgrounds, and make important and valuable social and economic contributions to society. They come into Australia in a variety of ways, such as through skilled or regional programs, family connections or via humanitarian programs. Knowing the outcomes of these arrivals becomes important for shaping future policy decisions related to improving migration programs and service delivery.

The Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey article presents a broad range of national level statistics about the countries of birth, broad visa groups, labour force status, occupations and educational attainment. The article then analyses many of these characteristics of recent migrants in the context of the five largest states: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. Parts of the analysis use data contained within reports published by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.


This article examines the relationship between migrants and rates of disability in Australia. It begins by presenting and comparing data from Australian Demography Statistics and data collected from the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers to demonstrate the increase in the numbers of migrants coming to Australia over the 1998 to 2009 period at National and State level. The age structures of all migrants, recent migrants and the total Australian population are analysed in the context of rates of disability. The article then analyses the extent to which recent migrants have impacted upon the total rate of disability in Australia and rates of disability for migrants.