Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report 2017/2018


The Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report 2017/2018 was recently launched as the first ever status report and national study of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

The Report presents rich insights into how young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and faring socially, economically and culturally, highlighting the complex and sometimes conflicting values, opportunities, challenges and aspirations of these cohorts.

Among key insights, the report found that young people from diverse backgrounds feel a strong sense of belonging in Australia, despite experiencing concerning rates of racial discrimination. They were also found to have significant family connections and responsibilities, while facing barriers to employment, with a rate of almost 50% of underemployment among survey respondents. Overall, the report illustrates young multicultural people in Australia as optimistic, highly engaged and possessing unique intercultural skills and resilience that positions them to thrive in Australian society.

MYAN thanks the 1920 young people aged 15-25 from migrant and refugee backgrounds who took part in the research. From these contributions, we gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by young people from diverse backgrounds.

Congratulations to the research team and partner organisations who came together to deliver a comprehensive status report that will be used to help policymakers and organisations who work with young, diverse people to develop better policies and programs that enrich the lives of multicultural youth and contribute to the social cohesion of Australian society.

Download the report here