Journal article

Integration into the Australian labour market: The experience of three "visibly different" groups of recently arrived refugees

Val Colic-Peisker, Farida Tilbury

International Migration | WILEY | Published : 2007


This paper explores the effects of "visible difference" on employment outcomes of three recently arrived refugee groups: ex-Yugoslavs, black Africans, and people from the Middle East. The paper draws on data collected through a survey (150 questionnaire-based face-to-face interviews conducted by bilingual interviewers) of refugees who settled in Western Australia over the past decade. Results indicate different outcomes for respondents from the three backgrounds despite similar levels of human capital and similar length of residence. Our evidence supports a "political economy of labour migration" interpretation for the differential outcomes, based on both structural and interpersonal racism,..

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