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Study TitleMigrant attitudes survey, 1986
Primary InvestigatorDepartment of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00586
AbstractThe general aim of this study was to look at the extent to which Australians' attitudes to migrants have changed over time. Particular attention was given to current stereotypes which Australians had developed toward more recently arrived migrants and refugees from regions such as Indo-China and the Middle East. The study also examined Australian residents and their attitudes towards recently arrived migrants when such residents lived in close residential proximity to such migrants; and sought to obtain information from recently arrived migrants concerning stereotypical views of traditional Australians and whether such stereotypes changed because of closer residential association with such Australians. Questions asked of all respondents in the sample include: birthplace and country of citizenship; length of residence in Australia; home ownership; perceived characteristics of the neighbourhood, and feelings about living there; comparison with other neighbourhoods, and advantages or disadvantages; social contact with close neighbours; preferences for neighbours in terms of country of origin; nationalities of close neighbours; the meaning of the term 'refugee'; a range of attitude items dealing with specific ethnic groups, and perceived ethnic characteristics. Background variables covered employment status, occupation and industry; age group; education level; sex; household structure; age and employment status of spouse; numbers of children and language of interview. In addition, Australian born respondents were asked a range of specific attitude items concerning Asian and Middle Eastern migrants, and those in close contact with either migrant group were asked about levels of social interaction with these groups. A similar set of questions were also asked of Asian and Middle Eastern born respondents. Data not available on Nesstar. Please contact archive staff at ada@anu.edu.au if you wish to access these data.
Production Date (documentation)1990-09-20
Bibliographic CitationDepartment of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Migrant attitudes survey, 1986 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 1990.
CopyrightCopyright © 2005, Bureau of Immigration Research. All rights reserved.
ContactBureau of Immigration Research P.O. Box 25 Belconnen A.C.T. 2616
Study Scope Content
Topic ClassificationsAustralian studies;Sociology, Culture;Migrants, immigration and multiculturalism
KeywordsCommunities;Ethnic groups;Migrants
Population (Universe)Australian-born household heads and migrant house-hold heads from Asia and the Middle East (coming from countries like Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Lebanon, Turkey but excluding Khmers) who had lived in Australia for at least 3 years in close neighbourhoods in Sydney and Adelaide.
Date of Collection
Start date - Data Collection: 1985-05-01 End date - Data Collection: 1985-05-01
Time Period
Time Period - Start: 1985-05-01 Time Period - End: 1985-05-01
Methodology Content
Sampling ProcedureInterviews were conducted in Sydney and Adelaide. The consultants developed a framework for sample selection of respondents in the private housing sector from their omnibus access sample frame by identifying Census Districts in both Sydney and Adelaide which had large migrant concentrations. The South Australian Housing Trust provided a list of addresses of public housing residents from which a random sample could be drawn; and the Housing Commission of New South Wales provided a randomly selected list of names and addresses of public housing residents in specified areas. Quotas were placed on the sub-units within the public and private housing sectors in both Sydney and Adelaide. In a small number of Australian born households double interviews were also to be held, with the head and spouse being interviewed separately. Australian born respondents were considered to be out of scope if their households were not located within the boundaries of the defined near or close neighbourhood. Interviewers were required to locate a migrant address and undertake an interview. Then interviewers used this address as a 'starting point' for the location and selection of Australian born respondents. The following definition of 'close neighbourhood' was used: The block of flats in which the migrant born respondent resided; or for detached housing, the household on each side of the migrant born resident, plus a few households across the road and a few at the back of the residence of the migrant born respondent. Up to six interviews were to be collected from each starting point. All blocks of flats were out of scope if they contained more than three stories or twelve households.
Data Kindsurvey
Data Access Content
Access ConditionsThe depositor wishes to be informed of use being made of the data, in order to comment on that use and make contact with colleagues of similar interests.
Deposit Information Content
DepositorBureau of Immigration Research P.O. Box 25 Belconnen A.C.T. 2616
Deposit Date1990-09-20
Other Content
Mode of Data Collectionpersonal interview
CommentThe general aim of this study was to look at the extent to which Australians' attitudes to migrants have changed over time. Particular attention was given to current stereotypes which Australians had developed toward more recently arrived migrants and refugees from regions such as Indo-China and the Middle East. The study also examined Australian residents and their attitudes towards recently arrived migrants when such residents lived in close residential proximity to such migrants; and sought to obtain information from recently arrived migrants concerning stereotypical views of traditional Australians and whether such stereotypes changed because of closer residential association with such Australians. Questions asked of all respondents in the sample include: birthplace and country of citizenship; length of residence in Australia; home ownership; perceived characteristics of the neighbourhood, and feelings about living there; comparison with other neighbourhoods, and advantages or disadvantages; social contact with close neighbours; preferences for neighbours in terms of country of origin; nationalities of close neighbours; the meaning of the term 'refugee'; a range of attitude items dealing with specific ethnic groups, and perceived ethnic characteristics. Background variables covered employment status, occupation and industry; age group; education level; sex; household structure; age and employment status of spouse; numbers of children and language of interview. In addition, Australian born respondents were asked a range of specific attitude items concerning Asian and Middle Eastern migrants, and those in close contact with either migrant group were asked about levels of social interaction with these groups. A similar set of questions were also asked of Asian and Middle Eastern born respondents. Data not available on Nesstar. Please contact archive staff at ada@anu.edu.au if you wish to access these data.
Study Creation Date2011-04-18 18:05:27 UTC
Data CollectorsReark Research minute minute
Bibliographic Citation (documentation)Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs. Migrant attitudes survey, 1986 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 1990.
Copyright (documentation)Copyright © 2005, The Australian National University. All rights reserved.
Producer (documentation)Australian Data Archive
Title (documentation)Migrant attitudes survey, 1986
ADA IDau.edu.anu.ada.ddi.00586
LabelMigrant attitudes survey, 1986
Languageen
Production Date2005-01-31
Time Methodcross-sectional (one-time) study

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