Australia's Immigration Revolution

Andrew Markus, James Jupp and Peter McDonald
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How well is Australia handling immigration at a time of increased international and ethnic tensions? Australia's Immigration Revolution examines the social impact of the huge increase in Australia's immigration program over the past decade.

In 2006 Australia's population was 20.7 million. It is projected to reach 23 million in 2014. What is driving this rapid population growth, and how is the Rudd government dealing with immigration at a time of recession?

The diversification of the immigration intake over the last 50 years, from the British Isles to Europe and Asia, is widely recognised. But there is less understanding of the development of Australia's temporary program, which since 2000 is the major component of the immigration intake. Similarly, the development of the global labour market and the impact of this on immigrants have not entered Australian consciousness. The lack of attention to these developments stands in marked contrast to the heated controversies sparked by the arrival by boat of small numbers of asylum seekers.

Written by three leading researchers, with its analysis located in historical and international contexts, Australia's Immigration Revolution explains developments of national importance - including ground breaking explorations of ethnic concentration and public opinion.

Author bio:

Andrew Markus is the Pratt Foundation Research Professor in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University

James Jupp AM is editor of Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, its People and their Origins. He is the Director of the Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies at the Australian National University.

Peter McDonald AM is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University.

Category: Current Affairs & Politics
ISBN: 9781741757088
Awards: Long-listed John Button Prize 2010 AU
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgments

Tables and figures

Introduction: Immigration and the recession

Part I Defining Australian immigration

1 Australia's immigration revolution

Part II The Western context

2 Population issues

3 Immigration and the nation state

Part III Australia

4 Immigration policy

5 Residential concentration and dispersion

6 The politics of immigration, settlement and multiculturalism

7 Public opinion and social cohesion

8 Conclusion

Further reading and references

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: October 2009
Page Extent: 192
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Social issues & processes