Are Immigrants Over-represented in the Australian Social Security System? Whiteford, Peter en_US 2021-11-25T12:33:16Z 2021-11-25T12:33:16Z 1992 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper discusses the statistics that are commonly used to assess whether immigrants are more or less likely than people born in Australia to be receiving social security payments. The paper shows that many earlier discussions of this issue which have concluded that immigrants are substantially over-represented in the social security system have involved invalid comparisons. These have tended to systematically over-estimate the extent to which immigrants receive social security payments and under-estimate the level of social security receipt among the Australian-born population. The paper presents new estimates of receipt of social security payments in 1989 through a comparison of administrative data from the Department of Social Security and population estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The paper adjusts for the errors identified in earlier analysis of the issues. It is concluded that while a relatively small number of overseas birthplace groups do appear to be more likely to be receiving social security payments, the extent to which this occurs is much smaller than previously estimated. It is also concluded that most groups of immigrants appear to be less likely to be receiving social security payments than are people born in Australia. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733402321 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Immigrants en_US
dc.subject.other Social security en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.title Are Immigrants Over-represented in the Australian Social Security System? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 31 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Whiteford, Peter, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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