Australia has developed a full-blown migrant underclass

Several years ago, the Australian Population Research Institute (APRI) released a report, based on 2016 Census data, revealing that most recently arrived skilled migrants (i.e. that arrived between 2011 and 2016) cannot find professional jobs.

Specifically, only 24% of skilled migrants from Non-English-Speaking-Countries (who comprised 84% of the total skilled migrant intake) were employed as professionals as of 2016, compared with 50% of skilled migrants from Main English-Speaking-Countries and 58% of the same aged Australian-born graduates.

APRI’s results were supported by a 2017 survey from the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, which found that 53% of skilled migrants in Western Australia said they are working in lower skilled jobs than before they migrated to Australia.

Similarly, an Adelaide University survey of 1700 skilled migrants living in South Australia found 53% felt they were not utilising their skills and abilities, with 44% working in a job different from what they nominated in their visa application. 15% were also unemployed.

The latest Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) supports these findings, showing that only 41.6% of international graduates living in Australia were employed full-time in 2021, versus 68.9% of domestic student graduates:

The median full-time salary of international graduates was also only $54,300 in 2021, well below the $65,000 median full-time salary of domestic graduates:

Thus, a minority of international graduates work full-time, and of those that do work full-time, they are very poorly paid. The median total wage of international graduates would, therefore, obviously be even worse, given most international graduates work part-time (unlike domestic graduates).

Employment outcomes were poor across almost every international student source nation:

Finally, the percentage of international graduates working in managerial and professional occupations is also way below domestic graduates:

In particular, only 44.3% of international undergraduates were working as professionals in 2021, well below the 55.1% of domestic graduates.

Only 41.7% of international postgraduates were working as professionals in 2021, roughly half that of domestic postgraduates (81.8%).

All of this proves, yet again, that Australia’s ‘skilled’ visa system is a giant sham designed with one goal in mind.

The development of a full-blown migrant underclass for chosen sectors to exploit.

Unconventional Economist


  1. Australia has developed a full-blown migrant underclass

    As predicted by the ALP of the late 19th century…..

  2. They need to all go home and help their own countries rebuild

    We are full and they are not welcome and i want them all to know

  3. Table 3 cries to the rooftops: global social justice. That’s good enough for Albanese and Chalmers. That’s why their platform rejects record low unemployment in favour of wage stagnation and record high immigration.

  4. A friend referred me to a domestic cleaning service last year.
    I was absolutely stunned when they arrived.
    – one organiser and 4 women young to middle aged. All arrived in a van driven by the organiser.
    -all mainland, they spoke mandarin and not a word of English- one of them went to put her hand on a very hot surface, and when I shouted no didn’t understand what I’d said.
    – worked faster and harder than anyone I had ever watched, and we were the last session of a 10 hour day..
    I went and spoke to a mainland friend, who has been a citizen here for over 25 years, but has close family ties back home.
    These cleaning, labouring squads common.
    – the workers are mainly overstay holiday visas, and usually don’t speak English, and live communally.
    The are picked up by the organiser, and probably couldn’t tell you what suburb they live in.
    They cannot open a bank account, and don’t have access to medical care.
    They are usually paid less than$10 , it’s cash – if they want to send money home( and they usually do) they have to entrust it to human carriers, who take a cut.
    And there are thousands of these people apparently, cleaning houses, schools( both public and private),hospitals, offices, public transport, you name it.
    That is an even lower underclass, and I’m told it is sizeable.

    • Snotty MillenialMEMBER

      Australia is just copying the Singapore/Dubai textbook. Chapter 1: “Exploitation of third world labour – how to supress wages while keeping demand high!”
      We’re on a one way trip to the absolute bottom of the barrel. America also did this 30 years ago. It’s now totally normal to be worked to death for $8 an hour

    • Can confirm this business model.
      Shocking stuff. Nice people, hard-working, but exploited by a corrupt system. I stopped the service and would not use it again.

    • A friend of my brothers at the time (5+ years ago) was married to a Thai woman who brought her brother and his wife over every year for around 3 months or so. They were dropped off in Springvale, (outer Melbourne) and along with all the other illegal workers were driven out to strawberry farms. This went on for at least 5 years and only COVID interrupted it. No one ever questioned their annual via nor their financial viability as tourists. I think they got paid about $80 per day cash for a 10 hour day . I was told the employer never employed locals.

    • Yes, that was a shocker and only goes to support the influence that TND’s union backing delivers.

  5. What research credibility and published articles do APRI have?

    Statistics 101, 2016 is not 2022 (research subjects now?) since then we have hit peak baby boomer workforce departure….. further, looking at OECD data it’s clear Australia is like elsewhere a decline of working ageing population vs. increase in oldies needing budgets to support them through taxes

    Solution? Vote out the LNP and the IPA, vote in Labor, then encourage union membership and award compliance; win win.