Urban ethnic enclaves are often theorised as ‘stepping stones’ for new migrants, providing support networks comprised of members of similar diasporic origin. These networks provide multiple types of support, including access to employment and education, as well as community amenities with particular linguistic, religious, or cultural affiliations. This project tests the ‘stepping stone’ theory in contemporary Australian cities.  With net overseas migration approaching the highest rate since the post-WWII boom, students will explore the latest trends in migration and ethnic clustering. Using census data alongside information derived from web-based and field sources, students will understand the changing dynamics of immigrant communities in Australia.

Contact: Assoc Prof Jonathan Corcoran, Dr Thomas Sigler