Diversifying Australia: Immigration and demographics in the post-White Australia policy era

A free public lecture on how immigration has shaped the changing face of Australia since the end of the White Australia policy era

Australia has one of the largest percentages of immigrant populations in the developed world with a highly regulated system of immigration control, and regular censuses to track changes over time.

This fascinating public talk will give an overview to how immigrant populations have evolved considerably by various measures over a 35 year period. The talk will explore not only the differences between migrant arriving in and leaving Australia, but how migrants move within Australia to respond to opportunities.

This talk is based on recent research by ANU School of Demography Professor James Raymer and colleagues, who gathered detailed demographic data on immigration, emigration, internal migration, births and deaths 1981-2016. Combining this data with estimation to remove inadequacies and fill gaps provided, for the first time, a complete and consistent picture of demographic change within Australia.

This talk is a collaboration between the School of Demography, College of Arts and Social Sciences and the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub.

The research featured in this talk was funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project on ‘the demographic consequences of migration to, from and within Australia.’

Date & time

Fri 25 Oct 2019, 5.30–6.30pm


National Gallery of Australia


Professor James Raymer


02 6125 9896


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