The labour force experience of new migrants

11 Sep 2002

Drawing on a large survey of migrants who had been in Australia about 6 months at the time of interview, this report looks at what life is like for new migrants to Australia. It finds that migrants, who are generally very well educated and healthy and of prime age, are doing pretty well. Perhaps surprisingly, they are motivated to come to Australia not by the hardship of their life at home but by the positive attractions of Australia. Prominent among these are the quality of life — climate, uncrowded and unpolluted environment, peaceful and civil democratic life, and generally good opportunities. The attractions of family already in Australia are also strong. After 6 months, a majority have jobs, adequate incomes and housing and are pleased to be here. Humanitarian migrants have the toughest time, and are the most pleased to be here.

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