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Family Matters No. 47 - June 1997

The next generation

Aspirations of migrant adolescents and their parents

Abstract

Over the last 20 years, people from non English speaking countries have represented an increasing proportion of Australia's migrant intake. These people are particularly disadvantaged in terms of access to information and participation in the broader community. The author reports on what happens to the children of this migrant population. In her analysis, which focused on parents who participated in the Australian Living Standards Study (ALSS), she found that English language skills represent an important factor that needs to be taken into account, particularly in relation to educational aspirations and achievement.

Over the last 20 years, people from non English speaking countries have represented an increasing proportion of Australia's migrant intake. These people are particularly disadvantaged in terms of access to information and participation in the broader community. The author reports on what happens to the children of this migrant population. In her analysis, which focused on parents who participated in the Australian Living Standards Study (ALSS), she found that English language skills represent an important factor that needs to be taken into account, particularly in relation to educational aspirations and achievement.

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