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The Determinants of the Geographic Concentration among Immigrants: Application to Australia

  • Chiswick, Barry R.


    (George Washington University)

  • Lee, Yew Liang


    (University of Western Australia)

  • Miller, Paul W.

    (Curtin University)

This study develops a theoretical framework for the study of the tendency for immigrant groups to be geographically concentrated. Testing the model for Australia shows that the extent of geographic concentration of immigrant groups is negatively related to age at migration, duration of residence in Australia and the proportion of the birthplace group that is fluent in English. The extent of geographic concentration is also affected by the availability of ethnic media and the distance between the country of origin and the place of residence in Australia.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 462.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2002
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Publication status: published in: Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 2001, 7 (2), 125-150
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp462
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