Working for a better life : longitudinal evidence on the predictors of employment among recently arrived refugee migrant men living in Australia

Correa-Velez, Ignacio, Barnett, Adrian G., & Gifford, Sandra (2015) Working for a better life : longitudinal evidence on the predictors of employment among recently arrived refugee migrant men living in Australia. International Migration, 53(2), pp. 321-337.

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Although a number of studies have investigated the predictors of employment among refugee migrants, there is a dearth of evidence from longitudinal data. This study investigated the cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of employment among 233 adult refugee men living in South-East Queensland, Australia. Participants were interviewed four times at six-month intervals between 2008 and 2010. Using a conceptual model developed from the literature, Generalised Estimating Equations were used to model the predictors of employment. Over time, the employment rate increased from 44 percent to 56 percent. Region of birth, length of time in Australia, seeking employment through job service providers and informal networks, and owning a car were significant predictors of employment. Contrary to previous research, English language proficiency was not a significant predictor when other variables were controlled for. Recognition of overseas skills and qualifications decreased the chances of finding employment. The policy and program implications are discussed.

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ID Code: 59840
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Refugee men, employment, social determinants of health, longitudinal data
DOI: 10.1111/imig.12099
ISSN: 0020-7985
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)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Authors. International Migration © 2013 IOM
Deposited On: 12 May 2013 23:32
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 21:06

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