Educational and occupational outcomes amongst African men from refugee backgrounds living in urban and regional Southeast Queensland

Correa-Velez, Ignacio & Onsando, Gerald (2009) Educational and occupational outcomes amongst African men from refugee backgrounds living in urban and regional Southeast Queensland. Australasian Review of African Studies, 30(2), pp. 114-127.

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Over the last ten years, approximately one third of refugee and humanitarian entrants to Australia have been adult men. To date, little research has been done on their health and settlement issues. Many of these men have come from the African continent. This paper reports on the educational and employment outcomes of a group of 173 recently arrived adult African men from refugee backgrounds who have settled in Southeast Queensland. Given the current government policy focus on regional resettlement, the paper compares key outcomes between the adult African men who settled in metropolitan Brisbane with those living in the Toowoomba-Gatton region. The study uses a peer interviewer model and a mixed method approach. Overall, we have found that African men who have settled in regional areas face significantly greater educational and occupational challenges than those who settled in the urban area. They report more negative experiences at educational institutions, are more likely to take jobs that are below their level of skills and qualifications, are more dissatisfied with their jobs, and report greater discrimination and difficulties while trying to secure adequate employment in Australia. A number of policy implications are discussed.

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ID Code: 55102
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Refugees, Employment, Education, Settlement, Social determinants of health
ISSN: 1447-8420
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Migration (160303)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2012 22:39
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2013 00:58

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