Australia to launch new research programme on migrants

by Ray Clancy on January 4, 2012

in Australia Immigration

Survey to help successful settlement and improve policies

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is to undertake a new survey starting in the second half of 2012 to find out how new arrivals cope with a new country.

Officials plant to trace how migrants fare when they first arrive with the aim of finding out what they need to settle into a new life abroad and will follow people for five years.

‘The survey will enable the department to better understand the factors that give people the best possible start and aid successful settlement and lead to improved policies and programme delivery,’ a DIAC spokesman said.

The first pilot survey will be launched in June 2012 and a Survey Reference Group will be established, comprising Commonwealth government officials, and external stakeholders and experts. The group will be chaired by Dr Wendy Southern, Deputy Secretary. It is envisaged that the group will meet three times during the initial development of the survey and then annually.

A Technical Advisory Group, comprising experts in resettlement and longitudinal survey research methods and analysis, will assist the Survey Reference Group.

During the development of the survey, the group will advise on the underlying concepts for the survey and make recommendations on technical matters.

This group will be chaired by Mark Cully, chief economist, and will convene as required. Experts will be commissioned as necessary to produce discussion papers.

‘We want this survey to be of the highest possible standard and to be widely used by policy makers and researchers. To achieve this, we are on the look out for good ideas from a wide range of sources,’ added the spokesman.

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