Calling the Harbour City Home: Migrant Knowledge Workers in Global Sydney

Tue 5 February 2013

Powerful and attractive cities

Globalisation and urbanisation are two key trends of modern society. These have led to a growing concentration of people, business, and political power in a small number of “Global Cities”, such as New York, London, and Paris. Sydney is Australia’s leading global city – acting as a gateway to Australia, a base for many Trans-National Corporations, and the nation’s largest city by population and economy. These features have increasingly seen the Sydney region become a base for major business transactions and social interaction, attracting people from all over the world to live, work, and exchange knowledge and ideas.


Living and Working in Global Sydney

Using Sydney as a case study, researchers from the Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra, and the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), are embarking on a range of projects to explain the complex links between Global Cities. One of these is a large-scale survey called Living and Working in Global Sydney. The survey looks at a range of factors, including where Sydney residents have lived previously, their education and work experiences within and beyond Sydney, the driving factors behind where people choose to live, and how Sydney and Australia are connected with the world through the flows of people movement.

The Living and Working in Global Sydney survey has been made available online and through letter-drops in selected areas. It has received responses from residents and workers across the Sydney region, from Gosford in the north, west to the Blue Mountains, and south to Wollondilly and Sutherland. Many of these responses came after the delivery of more than ten thousand surveys to homes across six representative council areas in the Sydney region: Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt, North Sydney, and City of Sydney.


More information of this project can be found here

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