Table 1

Characteristics of 2399 humanitarian migrants in the Building a New Life in Australia project, 2012–2013

CharacteristicsTotal (n=2399)*General health*Physical function*Role-physical*Bodily pain*Severe mental illness*
Good
(n=1517)
Fair
(n=533)
Poor
(n=349)
Good
(n=1132)
Fair
(n=888)
Poor
(n=379)
Good
(n=1184)
Fair
(n=874)
Poor
(n=341)
None (n=1094)Mild
(n=637)
Moderate
(n=297)
Severe
(n=371)
No
(n=1929)
Yes
(n=394)
Demographic characteristics
 Age (years)
Mean±SD
35.5±13.931.9±12.139.7±14.544.8±14.231.0±11.437.5±14.144.1±15.031.1±11.437.8±14.544.6±14.530.8±11.535.1±13.441.3±14.545.4±13.834.7±13.739.1±14.3
Sex n (%)
 Male1307 (54)910 (60)243 (46)154 (44)702 (62)441 (50)164 (43)729 (62)425 (49)153 (45)695 (64)328 (52)127 (43)157 (42)1103 (57)160 (41)
 Female1092 (46)607 (40)290 (54)195 (56)430 (38)447 (50)215 (57)455 (38)449 (51)188 (55)399 (36)309 (49)170 (57)214 (58)826 (43)234 (59)
Marital status n (%)
 Married or cohabiting1376 (57)799(53)351(66)226(65)577(51)555(63)244(64)609(51)542(62)225(66)567(52)383(60)174(59)252(68)1101(57)231(59)
 Single1023 (43)718 (47)182 (34)123 (35)555 (49)333 (37)133 (36)575 (49)332 (38)116 (34)527 (48)254 (40)123 (41)119 (32)828 (43)163 (41)
Education level n (%)
 Never attended school380 (16)213 (14)90 (17)7 7(22)161 (14)134 (15)85 (23)160 (14)142 (16)78 (23)149 (14)91 (14)58 (20)82 (22)304 (16)63 (16)
 ≤6 Years of schooling473 (20)290 (19)109 (21)74 (21)238 (21)153 (17)82 (22)242 (21)153 (18)78 (23)234 (22)99 (21)62 (21)78 (21)398 (21)64 (16)
 ≥7 Years of schooling1137 (48)752 (51)245 (46)140 (40)552 (49)435 (49)150 (40)582 (50)425 (49)130 (39)551 (51)309 (49)125 (42)152 (41)927 (48)174 (44)
 Trade or technical qualification beyond school143 (6)80 (5)35 (7)28 (8)55 (5)59 (7)29 (8)63 (5)55 (6)25 (7)50 (5)45 (7)21 (7)27 (7)106 (6)33 (8)
 University degree243 (10)163 (11)52 (10)28 (8)114 (10)101 (12)28 (8)125 (11)92 (11)26 (8)96 (9)87 (14)29 (10)31 (8)180 (9)58 (15)
Immigration characteristics
Country of origin n (%)
 North Africa and the Middle East1334 (56)735 (49)346 (65)253 (73)520 (46)562 (63)252 (67)564 (48)541 (62)229 (67)507 (46)357 (56)199 (67)271 (73)1004 (52)289 (73)
 South-East Asia137 (6)99 (7)24 (5)14 (4)75 (7)53 (6)9 (2)78 (7)51 (6)8 (2)77 (7)46 (7)10 (3)4 (1)122 (6)8 (2)
 Southern and Central Asia829 (35)597 (39)156 (29)76 (22)472 (42)248 (28)109 (29)475 (40)260 (30)94 (28)452 (41)212 (33)81 (27)84 (23)715 (37)90 (23)
 Sub-Saharan Africa93 (4)82 (5)7 (1)4 (1)61 (5)25 (3)7 (2)63 (5)21 (2)9 (3)55 (5)21 (3)6 (2)11 (3)83 (4)6 (2)
 Other countries6 (0)4 (0)0 (0)2 (1)4 (0)0 (0)2 (1)4 (0)1 (0)1 (0)3 (0)1 (0)1 (0)1 (0)5 (0)1 (0)
Visa subclass n (%)
 Refugee1920 (80)1162 (77)465 (87)303(87)867 (77)729 (82)334 (88)911 (77)719 (82)300 (88)833 (76)525 (82)246 (83)326 (88)1535 (80)337 (86)
 SHP99 (4)63 (4)15 (3)11 (3)45 (4)30 (3)14 (4)51 (4)28 (3)10 (3)49 (5)18 (3)8 (3)14 (4)78 (4)8 (2)
 Onshore pathway380 (16)292 (20)53 (10)35 (10)220 (19)129 (14)31 (8)222 (19)127 (15)31 (9)212 (19)94 (14)43 (15)31 (8)316 (17)49 (13)
Duration of residence in Australia n (%)
 <6 Months1807 (76)1086 (72)431 (81)290 (83)808 (71)674 (76)325 (86)855 (72)668 (76)284 (83)780 (71)485 (76)228 (77)314 (85)1435 (74)316 (80)
 6–12 Months224 (9)146 (10)53 (10)25 (7)108 (10)93 (11)23 (6)111 (9)87 (10)26 (8)104 (10)64 (10)28 (9)28 (8)187 (10)32 (8)
 >1 Year368 (16)285 (19)49 (9)34 (10)216 (19)121 (14)31 (8)218 (18)119 (14)31 (9)210 (19)88 (14)41 (14)29 (8)307 (16)46 (12)
Experience of traumas before arrival in Australia n (%)
 Yes2062 (91)1275 (89)461 (91)326 (97)948 (88)767 (92)347 (95)993 (88)756 (92)313 (95)911 (88)532 (90)269 (94)350 (97)1636 (89)372 (97)
 No215 (9)159 (11)47 (9)9 (3)131 (12)65 (8)19 (5)134 (12)65 (8)16 (5)125 (12)61 (10)18 (6)11 (3)196 (11)12 (3)
  • *Numbers may not add to column total due to missing data.

  • SHP, Special Humanitarian Programme.