Normal and risky transitions: the role of gender, education and capital in skilled migration in Australia

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Abstract

Australia s skilled migration program since 1996 has seen rising numbers of migrants settling in regional areas of Australia but census data suggests the skills of migrant women with post-secondary education are underutilised, resulting in potential social exclusion. The research discussed is part of a wider program of NCVER funded work, which looks at education and training, social inclusion and geographical location. The presentation draws on mainly qualitative data from more than 70 interviews conducted with skilled migrant participants and members of a range of groups and organizations, which work with migrants. The interviews reveal that settlement and securing employment commensurate with skill levels and previous employment histories are particularly difficult for secondary applicants, especially women, and those skilled migrants who have broken with their previous social and employment networks. The analysis draws on social capital theory in developing the idea that for some the transition is relatively normal and straightforward, while for others it is more risky.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAVETRA 16th Annual Conference
EditorsLlandis Barratt-Pugh
Place of PublicationCrows Nest New South Wales Australia
PublisherAustralian Vocational Education and Training Research Association
Pages1 - 10
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780980527537
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventAustralian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference - Fremantle, Australia
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Annual Conference
CountryAustralia
CityFremantle
Period1/01/13 → …

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Webb, S. C., Beale, D., & Faine, M. (2013). Normal and risky transitions: the role of gender, education and capital in skilled migration in Australia. In L. Barratt-Pugh (Ed.), AVETRA 16th Annual Conference (pp. 1 - 10). Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association.