The Determinants of the Geographic Concentration Among Immigrants: Application to Australia

32 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2002

See all articles by Barry R. Chiswick

Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yew L. Lee

University of Western Australia

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Date Written: March 2002

Abstract

This study develops a theoretical framework for the study of the tendency for immigrant groups to be geographically concentrated. Testing the model for Australia shows that the extent of geographic concentration of immigrant groups is negatively related to age at migration, duration of residence in Australia and the proportion of the birthplace group that is fluent in English. The extent of geographic concentration is also affected by the availability of ethnic media and the distance between the country of origin and the place of residence in Australia.

Keywords: Immigrants, Geographic Concentration, Enclaves, Australia

JEL Classification: J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Lee, Yew Liang and Miller, Paul W., The Determinants of the Geographic Concentration Among Immigrants: Application to Australia (March 2002). IZA Discussion Paper No. 462. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=306962

Barry R. Chiswick (Contact Author)

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Yew Liang Lee

University of Western Australia ( email )

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Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

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Perth, Western Australia 6845
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