Australia’s first multicultural youth census: findings from the MY Australia ARC Linkage project

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Australia: facilitating the active citizenship
Friday 27 July, 1115 – 1135


Rimi Khan
University of Melbourne

Multicultural Youth Australia (MY Australia), a national research partnership between the University of Melbourne and eight organisations, examines how Australia’s refugee and migrant young people are faring. In 2017, as part of this research, a census of 2,000 multicultural youth was conducted to produce benchmark data across three interconnected cultural, economic and social indicators. This data will be used to develop the first national status reporting framework on multicultural youth, and to build an online repository for organisations and policy makers to access relevant data. This presentation will provide an overview of initial results from the MY Australia research.
The project finds that multicultural young people take part in a range of cultural activities — in school, sports clubs, ethnic community groups, leadership programs and social advocacy networks. Through much of this activity, young people forge important connections between and across cultural groups.
This presentation will consider how young people navigate cultural differences, the capacities they draw on to participate in civic life and the strategies they use to become active citizens.