AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report Issue 27 - Calling Australia Home; The Characteristics and Contributions of Australia's Migrants

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Australia continues to be a leading multicultural nation, attracting one of the highest proportions of overseas born residents at 25 per cent of the total population, compared to the OECD average of 11 per cent, according to the latest AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report. Australia's immigrant population on a per capita basis is almost double that of the United States, and more than twice that of the United Kingdom. England and New Zealand remain the two major source countries of migrants to Australia, attracting around 30 per cent of total migrants. In the 10 years to 2006, China toppled Italy for third spot, accounting for 5 per cent of total migrants to Australia. Against this backdrop, the AMP.NATSEM Income and Wealth Report: Calling Australia Home explores the characteristics and contributions of Australia's overseas born population, examining aspects of the migrant experience including education, work, wealth and wellbeing.

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