The Political Economy of the Social Transformation of Australian Suburbs

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Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Social Transformation and Migration: National and Local Experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia, 2015, 1, pp. 255 - 268
Issue Date:
2015
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Australia has been a major immigration nation for six and a half decades. Census data for 2011 shows that one in four Australians is a first-generation immigrant (born in another country) while almost one in two is either first- or second-generation (born in Australia with one or both parents born in another country). Most immigrants have settled in large Australian cities (Hugo, 2011): 61 per cent of the population of Sydney and Perth and 58 per cent of the Melbourne population are first- or second-generation immigrants. The composition of the Australian immigration intake has varied considerably over the postwar period, with predominantly British, Irish and European immigrants arriving in the first decades and immigrants from Britain, New Zealand and Asian countries dominating intakes over the past 20 or 30 years
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