The Relationship between Age, Duration of Stay and Inter-State Migration for the China-Born Immigrants in Australia

Qing Guan , Australian National University

Internal migration is an important settlement adjustment process for immigrants. For a high migration country, such as Australia, understanding the roles of age, duration of stay, and the patterns of internal migration are needed to study the subnational demographic dynamics of immigration. This paper uses data from the 1986-2016 Australian Censuses to examine the complex relationships between age, duration of stay, and immigrants’ inter-state migration patterns observed among mainland Chinese immigrants and other major overseas-born populations. Results show that inter-state migration probabilities peak for young and recently arrived immigrants. However, the strong relations between age, duration of stay and inter-state migration vary considerably across different immigrant birthplaces and states/territories of residence. This paper identifies the regularities in age-duration-internal migration relations and extends our understanding of the changing geography of a large immigrant population in a major immigration country.

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 Presented in Session P3. Poster Session Migration, Economics, Environment, Methods, History and Policy