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Croatians in Western Australia: Migration, language and class

Colic-Peisker, V. (2002) Croatians in Western Australia: Migration, language and class. Journal of Sociology, 38 (2). pp. 149-166.

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This paper explores the migration experience of two cohorts of Croatian migrants in Australia focusing on the fact that they are non-English speaking background (NESB) migrants. Central attention is given to the intersection of class and ‘living in another language’ (being NESB in Australia). The first cohort migrated in the 1960s and is predominantly working class; the second migrated in the late 1980s and is predominantly professional. It is argued that living in an English speaking environment affects Croatian migrants in practical, cultural, identity and status terms. It determines their life chances, employment prospects and the feeling of belonging to the Australian community. However, the two groups of migrants, being from different socioeconomic backgrounds, are affected in different ways.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: Sage
Copyright: © 2002 by Australian Sociological Association
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