'Fleeing Communism'

Yugoslav and Vietnamese post-war migration to Australia and changes to immigration policy

Nina Markovic Khaze, Adam Khaze

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


White Australia Policy was Australia’s official immigration policy from 1901 until its gradual dismantling after the Second World War. Only persons from selective backgrounds, mostly white and European could migrate to Australia. This chapter investigates major changes to Australia’s post-war immigration policy using a historical analysis of selective case studies in immigration from former Yugoslavia and Vietnam. These two immigration waves have had a significant impact on Australian regulations, apart from adding to the diversity of Australian population. This chapter highlights the importance of maintaining research focus on the Communist and post-Communist countries as they undergo major transformation in the current era of multipolarity. Future migration trends from these states could coincide with a regime change in the former Communist space or a reversal of democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall
Subtitle of host publicationturns and twists in economies, politics, and societies in the post-Communist countries
EditorsAlexandr Akimov, Gennadi Kazakevitch
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789811503177
ISBN (Print)9789811503160
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Economic History
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-6497
ISSN (Electronic)2662-6500


  • Australian migration history
  • Yugoslavia
  • Vietnam
  • Australian migration law
  • Diaspora Studies

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