Combating the English language deficit: the labour market experiences of migrant women in Australia

Syed, Jawad and Murray, Peter (2009) Combating the English language deficit: the labour market experiences of migrant women in Australia. Human Resource Management Journal, 19 (4). pp. 413-432. ISSN 0954-5395


This article takes a multilevel perspective on the labour market issues and challenges that migrant women from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) encounter in Australia. The article is based on two main arguments: (1) a much more complex picture emerges when we look at the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and migration, and its implications for the labour market experiences of NESB women and (2) single level conceptualisations of diversity management within the domain of organisational or legal policies are inadequate to address the multilevel challenges faced by NESB women. The article presents a qualitative study in which we theorise our findings through a multilevel construct, examining the macro-national, meso-organisational, and micro-individual challenges that NESB women, originating from Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan, face in the Australian labour market.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 04:47
Uncontrolled Keywords: english language; labour; migrants; women
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00106.x

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