Ethnolinguistic diversity in New Zealand: A socioeconomic analysis

Show simple item record Buckingham LJ 2020-11-09T01:11:30Z 2020-11-09T01:11:30Z 2020-10-29
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2020(266):5-32 2020
dc.identifier.issn 0165-2516
dc.description.abstract Changes in New Zealand’s immigration policy from the 1980s onwards contributed to growing diversity in the source country of migrants, and has transformed the ethnolinguistic composition of the country’s population in recent decades. The number of people who speak non-official languages is increasing, while the proportion of the English-speaking monolingual population is gradually decreasing. Many immigrants have been unable to integrate into the local labour market at levels commensurate with their qualifications and prior experience, however, and previous studies have noted the institutional and attitudinal hurdles to their integration. This study employs data from five censuses between 1996 and 2013 to explore the socio-economic characteristics of individuals who speak non-official languages (grouped according to the extent of their reported multilingualism), compared with monolingual English speakers and the total population. Competence in non-official languages is increasingly becoming an Asian-related phenomenon in terms of birthplace and ethnic and religious affiliations. The more multilingual cohorts displayed substantially higher levels of educational qualifications than other groups, and a strong increase in the proportion employed over this timespan. Modest income levels nevertheless indicate enduring underemployment. Indicators from the last two census years suggest improved workplace integration of ethnolinguistically diverse individuals.
dc.publisher De Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of the Sociology of Language
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dc.subject 1608 Sociology
dc.subject 2004 Linguistics
dc.title Ethnolinguistic diversity in New Zealand: A socioeconomic analysis
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/ijsl-2020-2108
pubs.issue 266
pubs.begin-page 5
pubs.volume 2020 2020-10-28T19:06:56Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Walter de Gruyter GmbH en
pubs.end-page 32
dc.rights.accessrights en
pubs.subtype Article
pubs.elements-id 820588

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