3414.0 - Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources, 2011 (Edition 2)  
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Transnationalism and Citizenship: the Australian experience in a comparative perspective


The Transnationalism and Citizenship project is based at the University of Sydney where it is located in the Multicultural and Migration Research Centre attached to the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. It commenced in 2003 and is funded by the Australian Research Council. The project examines the nature of transnationalism among Australian immigrants (and their children) from China, Hong Kong, Turkey and Greece living in Sydney and Brisbane.

The project specifically explores:

  • notions of transnationalism
  • the ways people maintain social, cultural, political, economic and religious connections with their original homeland
  • sense of identity
  • experiences of citizenship and exclusion

It also compares the effects associated with living in Sydney and Brisbane. Findings from the project constitute part of an international comparative project involving Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany.


Data were collected from 1,198 Turkish, Greek and Chinese ‘transnationals’ in Sydney and Brisbane using a telephone survey. The project also conducted in-depth interviews with 131 individuals from three communities (Turkish, and Chinese people from Hong Kong and the Peoples Republic of China), as well as a series of interviews with community leaders.


The Transnationalism and Citizenship project collects data items under the following topics:
  • Family’s future international links and diasporic connections
  • Everyday transnational linkages – use of different technologies to keep in touch
  • Physical linkages – visits back to the homeland and visitors to Australia
  • Economic linkages – business and educational linkages maintained
  • Feelings of belonging to Australia and to countries of origin/ancestry
  • Dual citizenship – role of having two passports
  • Demographics

  • The Australian Standard Classification of Cultural and Ethnic Groups
  • The Standard Australian Classification of Countries
  • The Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups
  • The Australian Standard Classification of Languages
  • The Australian Standard Classification of Occupations


Metropolitan Sydney and Brisbane.


Project leader:
Associate Professor Christine Inglis
Email: cinglis@usyd.edu.au


Associate Professor Kevin Dunn
Email: k.dunn@uws.edu.au

Associate Professor David Ip
Email: d.ip@mailbox.uq.edu.au

Associate Professor Susan Thompson
Email: s.thompson@unsw.edu.au