Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): the longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants

Immigration Cultural assimilation Multiculturalism Refugees Australia
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Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) is a long-term project researching how humanitarian migrants settle into life in Australia. It is the first long-term study of humanitarian migrants to Australia.

The study provides a broad evidence base to assist policy development and program improvement for humanitarian migrants to Australia. It follows a large cohort of humanitarian migrants to increase knowledge around the factors that support successful settlement. The study also identifies barriers that hinder positive settlement outcomes.

Three broad questions guide the study.

• What are the settlement outcomes of humanitarian migrants and how are they faring on a range of key measures? (For example, employment, education, English language and health).

• How does access to and use of government services and non-government services and welfare benefits contribute to humanitarian migrants’ successful settlement? (For example, the Adult Migrant English Program, AMEP).

• Do the settlement experiences and outcomes of humanitarian migrants vary according to the differing migration pathways taken? (for example, offshore, onshore).

The value of BNLA as a longitudinal study is that it allows researchers and policy makers to look at outcomes over time. This report uses data from the first three waves (three years) of BNLA.

The report is a quick and easy reference for policy makers and service providers needing evidence to inform their work. It provides a detailed overall description of migration experiences, settlement experiences and socio-demographic characteristics of a large group of humanitarian migrants. It also examines the association between variations in these characteristics and experiences with the settlement outcomes of respondents.

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