Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants


Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) is a longitudinal study of the settlement experience of humanitarian arrivals in Australia, over five years, from 2013 until 2018.

The project aims to increase understanding of the well-being and experiences of humanitarian migrants settling in Australia. It focuses on their participation in society, their general health and happiness and investigating factors that may facilitate positive outcomes. To help inform policy, it collects information about use and availability of support.

Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) fact sheet

Study participants

More than 1,500 migrating units (2,399 individuals) were interviewed in the first stage of the study. The study will follow individuals and migrating units through their settlement journey and look at their experiences, challenges, adaptations and outcomes over time.

Information regarding sample sizes and response rates for each of the Centre studies is available.


BNLA waves 1 to 5 was conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) on behalf of the Department of Social Services with data collection conducted by Colmar Brunton.

Information regarding the governance of each of the Centre studies is available.

BNLA data access

BNLA data is available to approved researchers from government, academic institutions and non-profit organisations.

For more details, please refer to Access to DSS Longitudinal Datasets.

BNLA research

Information about research and publications using BNLA data will be placed on FloSse Research and the Centre research and publications page when available.

BNLA publications


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