This book examines the role of immigration policy, and of economic and social policies involved in promoting the settlement of immigrants to Australia. It is based on research of two groups of recent immigrants who arrived six years apart during the 1990s holding a range of family reunion, skill and humanitarian visas.
The contributors consider the immigrants' employment experiences, job search behaviour, language skills, health status and housing situations. This analysis is used to assess whether any differences observed between the two groups can be attributed to changes in immigration policy, social policies and labour market conditions. They conclude that policies do matter and that immigration policy has a greater impact than macroeconomic conditions in influencing immigrant settlement outcomes.
The first comprehensive study of the relative effects of immigrant selection policy and macroeconomic conditions on immigrant settlement outcomes, this book will be of interest to economists, sociologists, demographers, political scientists and students.
Edited by Deborah A. Cobb-Clark, School of Economics, The University of Sydney, Australia and Siew-Ean Khoo, formerly Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia
Contents: Preface Glossary PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Immigration to Australia During the 1990s: Institutional and Labour Market Influences Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller PART II: LABOUR MARKET ENTRY 2. Selection Policy and the Labour Market Outcomes of New Immigrants Deborah A. Cobb-Clark 3. Finding Employment After Migration: How Long Does It Take? Prem Jung Thapa and Tue Gorgens 4. Female Migrants' Participation in the Australian Labour Market Ahn Tram Le PART III: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES 5. Language Skills and Immigrant Adjustment: The Role of Immigration Policy Barry R. Chiswick and Paul W. Miller 6. Immigrant Health in the Period After Arrival in Australia Steven Kennedy and James Ted McDonald 7. Immigrants' Housing Outcomes in the Early Years of Settlement Siew-Ean Khoo PART IV: CONCLUSION 8. Public Policy and Immigration Settlement: How Much Does Immigrant Selection Matter? Deborah A. Cobb-Clark and Siew-Ean Khoo Technical Appendix: Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Australia Deborah A. Cobb-Clark References Index