About the study

Australia has a long tradition of welcoming humanitarian migrants. Forced to leave their homes and country, many have suffered significant trauma and are unfamiliar with the language and culture of Australia. Understanding how humanitarian migrants settle is critical to the development of effective policy and program responses.

Some facts about the Building a New Life in Australia study:

  • Close to 2,400 individuals and families are taking part.

  • Almost all arrived in Australia in 2013, and experienced trauma and persecution before their arrival.

  • Information being collected for the study includes: housing, language proficiency, education, employment and income, health and life satisfaction.

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Building a New Life in Australia is commissioned and funded by the Department of Social Services. The project is being undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Data are collected by Colmar Brunton Social Research in conjunction with Multicultural Marketing and Management.

Related information

A Muslim woman and her daughter are outdoors. They are wearing casual clothes and head scarves. They are sitting in front of a stone wall. They are watching something funny on a tablet computer.

Find out more about the study cohort.