, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 75–89

Locational Decisions and Residential Preferences of Taiwanese Immigrants in Australia


DOI: 10.1007/s10708-005-3927-0

Cite this article as:
Chiang, LH.N. & Hsu, JC.R. GeoJournal (2005) 64: 75. doi:10.1007/s10708-005-3927-0


Since the 1980s, the increase of Asian migrants in large cities has contributed significantly to the cultural landscape of Australia, especially in the city suburbs. Based on the Census and in-depth interviews of 103 Taiwanese migrants, this research examines the location decisions and residential preferences of Taiwanese migrants in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The reasons for choosing the state, the particular city, and specific area of residence are probed into. The survey shows that migrants moved to Australia mainly for children’s education, lifestyle and political instability reasons. The main reasons for choosing to settle in Sydney were favourable business opportunities, and the northern part of Sydney was preferred. Those who chose Brisbane are attracted by the good climate there, and the residents preferred the Sunnybank area. Melbourne was chosen for the good education it offers, and areas on transportation lines near good schools are selected. Choice of residence was based mainly on their needs and their resources which may change over time. In general, they always choose to locate in close proximity to their family, friends and Taiwanese communities. Their locational choice depends on income and housing budget, proximity to good schools and shopping centers, and information from friends or earlier migrants. Based on such factors, this study clearly demonstrates that the Taiwanese immigrants are fundamentally different from early Chinese settlers who once aimed to settle at Chinatown locations.


Taiwanese migrantsdecision-makingresidential choiceAustraliaqualitative analysis

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lan-Hung Nora Chiang
    • 1
  • Jung-Chung Richard Hsu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of Social Studies EducationTaipei Municipal Teachers CollegeTaipeiTaiwan