Published Papers - Abstract 113

Markovic M & Manderson L. European immigrants and the Australian labor market: A case study on women from the former Yugoslavia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2000; 26(1): 127-136

Labor market participation is one of the main indicators of immigrants’ adjustment to a host country. This article explores the experience of immigrant women born in former Yugoslavia, with a focus on their socio-economic performance in Australia. Data collected from women from the former Yugoslavia confirms the continued placement of immigrants at the bottom of the social hierarchy of Australian society. Lack of recognition of immigrants’ overseas qualifications and skills is a structural barrier which prevents them from entering the Australian labor market and acquiring commensurate employment. Immigrants who lack competitive attributes necessary for the labor market resort to informal networks to facilitate their employment.