African female migrants’ market employment and multiculturalism: Demographic and comparative perspective

Yaghoob Foroutan, University of Mazandaran

Based on the findings of an empirical research, this paper examines the patterns and determinants of the market employment (that is, both employment and occupational statuses) of African female migrants. Focusing on the multiethnic and multicultural setting of Australia where approximately one-forth of population is overseas-born with a substantial ethnic diversity, this paper is also able to highlight work differentials between this migrant group with both native-born and female migrants from other regions of origin. As the status and success of migrant groups in the labour market has been observed as a key indication of migrants’ settlement in the destination country (VandenHeuvel and Wooden 1996), while acknowledging issues arising from selectivity of migration, the multivariate findings of this study provide a basis for settlement assessment of African female migrants.

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Presented in Session 72: Migration and Urbanization