Migrants pursue HE at more than double the rate of locals

Young adults who arrived in Australia from Asia with their migrant parents in the past 10 years go to university at more than double the rate of their Australian-born peers, writes Julie Hare for the Australian Financial Review.

More than 80% of 18- to 20-year-old migrants from five Asian-language backgrounds were studying for a degree last year, compared to just 32.5% of those born in Australia and who spoke English at home. A further six language groups had participation rates above 70%.

Analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that migrants, including many from refugee backgrounds, who take out citizenship have such a strong university participation rate that it elevates the national average. The ABS data shows that, overall, 35% of young people who are born in Australia go to university while the figure is 59% for those who arrived between 2001 and 2010.
Full report on the Australian Financial Review site