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Australia’s Immigrants: Identity and Citizenship

  • Andrew Markus
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Part of the Politics of Citizenship and Migration book series (POCM)

Abstract

Australia has a long record of inclusive citizenship and continues to maintain generous access to citizenship, although not for the increasing number of workers on long-stay visas. Recent data indicates that an estimated 75–80% of eligible residents are naturalised, with a current annual rate of naturalisation above 130,000. The analysis in this chapter is based in large part on the annual Scanlon Foundation surveys of social cohesion. The surveys indicate that Australia is seen as a good country in which to settle, with high levels of belonging, life satisfaction and parallel high take-up of citizenship. But identity in the post-modern world is multi-faceted, with the majority who identify “as an Australian” also seeing themselves as world citizens, linked to their country of birth, and “just…an individual.”

Keywords

Australia Citizenship Immigration Identiy Social Cohesion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew Markus
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  1. 1.Australian Centre for Jewish CivilisationMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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