Migrants in Australia

Here’s my new video on the sociology of migrants in Australia.

I’ve started a new video series called Vibrant Lives, where I explore the sociology of minorities and multiculturalism in Australia. This first video provides an overview of migrants in Australia. There are 6.6 million Australians who were born overseas and an additional 4.1 million Australians are the children of migrants. Together, this means that 47% of Australians are either a first or second-generation migrant.

The biggest migrant groups come from the United Kingdom (5.2% of national population), New Zealand (2.6%), China (1.8%), India (1.6%), the Philippines (1.0%), and Vietnam (1.0%). Second-generation migrants come from over 300 ancestry groups, with the biggest being Greek, Dutch and Italian.   

Around 10.6 million people, or 53% of Australians, belong to the third-generation or beyond. The biggest ancestry groups are Australian and other Anglo-Celtic backgrounds.

Australia has the ninth largest overseas-born population in the world; the fourth highest amongst OECD nations. Australia also has an higher proportion of overseas-born people than the other “Traditional Immigration Nations,” which is twice the rate of the USA. 

Learn more more about the demographics of our biggest migrant groups on my video below.

For the history of immigration to Australia, and links to the sociology references on my video, see my resource

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Video: Science on Google+ Community Reaches 20K Members

This is so exciting! Our Science on Google+ Community is about to reach a landmark 200,000 members! The Curators will host a celebratory Hangout on Air. I’ll be there – join us so  you can meet our team. Hear about our favourite posts and also pick up some tips on how to write science for a public audience!

During our Hangout On Air, you’ll get a chance to meet the moderators and curators who dedicate so much time and energy into making sure that good, quality science content rises to the top in the community. 

After we hear from the moderators on who they are, we’ll have a discussion on what the curator team looks at for community posts to get put on the Curator’s ChoiceCheck us out!


Science as Creative Learning

The research on “emotional learning” in science presents an interesting model for engaging young people in science. As Dr Louisa Tomas Engel explains in the video  below, young people’s interest in science drops dramatically in the middle years of school. Tomas  Engel’s broader research draws on new pedagogical practices which aim to help young people see science as a creative endeavour, rather than a memory retention exercise. This research may be of interest to science educators, biodiversity researchers, as well as other scientists who are eager to grow public outreach.

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