The Syrian community in Australia

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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4 Responses

  1. nada roude says:

    Dear Glenn,
    Thank you for the profile on the Syrian Community. It is so timely and extremely useful under the circumstances.

    I also read your report on “who are Australia’s volunteers.? I am particularly interested in any data you have on Australia’s Muslim community and the not for profit sector. I have been observing the significant role of volunteers in Muslim organisation sand the contribution they are making to society. Do you have any analysis on this which could be of benefit to me?

    your input has been great!

    Thank you

    • Thanks Nada,

      What tends to happen is that we find that multicultural (non Australian-born or non-English speaking) communities have much lower rates of volunteering as measured by the Census question in 2011. In the case of people with a religion of Islam, only 9.2% answered that they were volunteers, compared to 17.8% of the total Australian population. Part of this is due to the younger age structure of the community (older people are more likely to volunteer). But knowing the many people who do work within their community or religious group, I suspect many do not regard what they do as volunteering in the formal sense, and may answer no to that question despite the work they do in the community. Maybe it’s less likely to be for a formal organisation or group which is the way the question is worded.

  2. frederika STEEN says:

    Thanks Glenn!
    Can you identify the migration visa subclass on which Syrians (and others! ) enter Australia/? I’m particularly interested to establish whether Australia has resettled sub class 200 Convention refugees who are fully funded by the Government, and how many are sub class 202 , and sponsored humanitarian entrants who must have an Australian sponsor/proposer , preferably a citizen, and an assurance of support paid by the sponsor so that the new arrival not be a burden on the taxpayers for 2 years after arrival. Humanitarian entrants do not have to meet the Refugee Convention refugee criteria , but have refugee-like claims, and compassionate and compelling circumstances. My guess is that many recent arrivals are sponsored relatives of established Syrian born Australians . I’m guessing that Woman at Risk sub class 204 arrivals are refugees rather than humanitarian entrants

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