Occupational concentration and mobility of Asian immigrants in Australia

Nick Parr*, Fei Guo

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Using data from the 1996 and 2001 censuses of Australia, this study provides a detailed description of the diverse patterns of occupational concentration and mobility of selected Asian immigrant groups. The study shows that Asian-Australians include not only groups which remain relatively concentrated in "low-end" occupations, but also many others which are more likely than the Australia-born to be in "high-end" professional occupations, and that almost all the selected groups experienced some degree of upwards occupational mobility between 1996 and 2001. However, after controlling for a range of demographic and human capital characteristics, the participation of most groups in the managerial and professional occupations is shown to be below that for the Australia-born. Hence, the high occupational status of most Asian groups does not mean they are advantaged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-380
Number of pages30
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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