Position Paper – Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Survey of Humanitarian Migrants

This series of papers are part of the development work for ‘Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants’.

Paper 1: The merits of a longitudinal survey: a methodologist’s view.

Zlatko Spralja, Sebastien Lucie, Alanna Sutcliffe, Ruel Abello and Jill Charker

Australian Bureau of Statistics

This paper examines what longitudinal surveys can offer that is distinct from making use of other survey designs or other data sources, the pros and cons of longitudinal surveys, and the issues that need to be considered before conducting or running a longitudinal survey.

Paper 2: Horses for Courses: The pros and cons of short policy focused surveys versus longitudinal collections

David Smith

Department of Immigration & Citizenship

The purpose of this paper is to review the Continuous Survey of Australia’s Migrants (CSAM), and to discuss the strengths and shortcomings of the survey from a range of different perspectives.

Paper 3: Running longitudinal surveys: the New Zealand experience

Anne-Marie Masgoret

LisNZ Research Programme, IMSED Research

This paper provides a background to the Longitudinal Immigration Survey: New Zealand which grew from concerns in the early to mid-1990s about the lack of information available to assist in facilitating positive settlement for migrants, and the need for a detailed assessment of the impact of immigration on New Zealand.

Paper 4: How longitudinal surveys will enable us to identify service gaps, develop more effective policies and deliver better services to refugees and other vulnerable migrants

Professor Graeme Hugo

National Centre for Social Applications of GIS, The University of Adelaide

The first part of this paper outlines the major migrant groups arriving in Australia who are most at risk of experiencing difficulties in adjustment. It then argues that there is near unanimity among migration researchers globally that longitudinal approaches to researching migration provide a deeper understanding of the processes of migration and settlement than other methodologies and outlines some of the reasons for this. Then a number of key issues relating to the adjustment of vulnerable groups to life in Australia which need to be examined through a longitudinal survey are discussed. Finally, some of the lessons which have been learned from the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants in Australia (LSIA) are discussed.

Paper 5: Using longitudinal analysis to better understand labour market transitions and evaluate policy settings

Deborah Cobb-Clark,

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne & Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), Bonn

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the ways that longitudinal analysis is contributing to our understanding of labour market outcomes – in particular labour market transitions and labour market dynamics. We will pay particular attention to the contribution of longitudinal analysis to our understanding of the immigrant experience and the impact of public policy on labour market outcomes.

Paper 6: How longitudinal surveys can be used to better measure how well immigrants are settling in Australia.

Dr Siew-Ean Khoo

Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, The Australian National University.

This paper discusses how longitudinal surveys can be used to better measure how well migrants are settling in Australia, particularly in relation to current patterns of migration, and the information gaps that a longitudinal survey can address in advancing our understanding of this issue.

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