In 2011 Research and Policy surveyed 1688 migrants and refugees who have been in Australia for less than 2 years to gather data on the community participation and employment of this group.
Survey participants were all people who arrived with no or low levels of English and who were enrolled in an AMEP class in Melbourne.
The results indicated that in this early stage of arrival in Australia, about one third of people were starting to get involved in local groups and more than one third had started working. Participants in this survey were also involved in a range of other activities including connecting with their children’s school and community, volunteering, making donations and sending money overseas to assist friends and family.
Participants also pointed out that learning English and finding work were factors that would enable them to participate more in the future.