Northern Territory International Migration Research - Migration NT

Project: Research

Project Details


In recent decades, Australia's rural and regional communities have experienced significant demographic shifts, with increasing numbers of migrants, including refugees, relocating to these areas. This trend aligns with both state and federal government policies aimed at addressing population decline, workforce shortages, and the ageing demographic in these regions. Migrants from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa are joining the existing mix of European immigrants and Aboriginal communities, enriching the cultural tapestry of rural and regional Australia. While the influx of diverse populations has brought positive changes, it also presents challenges in terms of social integration, community cohesion, and sustainable development. Local government councils, civil society, and other stakeholders are now pivotal in shaping the settlement experiences of these new arrivals, making it crucial to understand and support this transition effectively.

The primary aim is to support independent research that comprehensively investigates the experiences of culturally diverse migrants in rural and regional communities, including the Northern Territory. The research seeks to identify the factors influencing their settlement and adopt a Whole-of-Community approach, engaging with various stakeholders, including migrant groups, local residents, Aboriginal communities, and governmental bodies at all levels. The project will focus on understanding how territory and federal policies impact rural and regional migration settlement and will explore successful integration stories to identify best practices. The research aims to provide insights that will improve the retention of skilled migrants, enhance settlement outcomes, and foster social, cultural, and economic development in these communities.
Effective start/end date11/06/2430/12/27


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