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Australia, internal migration

Migration A–Z

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  1. Martin Bell

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm052

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Bell, M. 2013. Australia, internal migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Australia is a nation of immigrants and mobility has long been an essential dimension of its social and economic life. The indigenous Aboriginal population displays a distinctive form of mobility that dates back as far as 40,000 years, reflecting a close relationship with the land, traditional cultural practice, and strong kin networks (Taylor & Bell 2004). However, it was the coming of European settlement, from 1788, coupled with the unique physical geography of the continent that has shaped contemporary patterns and processes of internal migration.

Keywords:

  • labor;
  • political economy;
  • race;
  • regional development;
  • indigenous peoples