3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Characteristics of Recent Migrants


The Characteristics of Recent Migrants (CoRMs) survey is used to monitor the labour market experience of 'recent migrants' to Australia. The information collected enables an assessment of the labour market experience and other characteristics of persons who have migrated to Australia in the last ten years.

Recent migrants are defined as people who were born overseas, arrived in Australia in the last ten years, were aged 15 years and over on arrival, were not an Australian or New Zealand citizen on arrival, were not born in New Zealand and have permanent Australian resident status. Information is also provided for people who were temporary residents who planned to stay in Australia for 12 months or more.

Data is published in ABS catalogue number 6250.0. It should be noted that the 2007 publication was entitled 'Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Recent Migrants'. This reflected a change in scope from migrants who had arrived in the last 20 years to migrants who had arrived in the last ten years. Collections undertaken from 1984 to 2004 were entitled 'Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants' and they collected information from migrants who had arrived in the last 20 years.

Objectives of the survey include assisting policy development and the monitoring of policy outcomes related, for example, to the provision of services for particular migrant groups.

A range of variables are collected under the broader categories of demographic details, labour force experience, migrants, visa category, education, qualifications, employment and income.

The survey is currently undertaken every three years and is conducted as a supplementary survey topic to the monthly Labour Force Survey.



  • Country of birth
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Oceania and Antarctica
      • North-West Europe
      • Southern and Eastern Europe
      • North Africa and the Middle East
      • South-East Asia
      • North-East Asia
      • Southern and Central Asia
      • Americas
      • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Country of birth
    • Born in Australia
    • Born overseas
      • Born in main English-speaking countries
      • Born in other than main English-speaking countries
  • Year of arrival in Australia
  • Period since arrival
  • Age group on arrival
  • Main language spoken on arrival (English, other language)
  • Proficiency in spoken English on arrival
  • Main language currently spoken at home (English, other language)
  • Current proficiency in spoken English
  • Whether an Australian citizen
  • Type of visa on arrival (Initial visa)
  • Type of visa as at time of survey (Current visa)
  • Current residency status
  • Initial residency status
  • Whether temporary resident before becoming a permanent resident
  • Whether main applicant for initial visa
  • Whether main applicant for current visa


A full list of survey data items is available in Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).

For further details on scope, geographic coverage, methodology, classifications, concepts, data availability and publications visit the Characteristics of Migrants entry in the Directory of Statistical Sources.


The Migrant Data Matrices provide a link to summary data on migrants from the Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Migrants Survey. The data items included in each datacube are not exhaustive, but rather a selection of the data available. Care must be taken in comparing data from different collections presented in the Matrices due to differences in survey methodology, definitions and reference periods.

Additional data are also available in the publication Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia (cat. no. 6250.0).


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service.

Phone: 1300 135 070
Fax: 1300 135 211
Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney 2001
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au