Muslims in Australia: Context and Background
An examination of Muslim conceptualisation of integration requires an understanding of Muslim community in Australia, its early history of migration into Australia and the subsequent different waves of Muslims that made Australia home. This chapter gives an outline both the historical and recent trends in Muslim migration to Australia. It presents analyses of the 2011 Australian Bureau of Statistics census data relating to their current socio-economic position especially their highest educational level attainments, labour market participation, occupational groups and industries, average weekly household income, and home ownership. It finally draws attention to the rich diversity of Australian Muslim community in nationality, languages, ethnicity and how that extends to their religious sects and legal and theological spheres.
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