Measuring the changing face of Global Sydney

Tue 5 February 2013

A Global Survey

Globalisation has brought society more closely together than could possibly be imagined before. Social, economic, political, and cultural changes have been widespread in Australia and abroad, while communications and other technological advances have made it easier to contact family and friends or do business anywhere in the world.

A key trend of globalisation has been the 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 foremost global city – acting as a gateway to Australia, a base for many Trans-National Corporations (TNCs), 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.

Global Migration Index

Using Sydney as a first project, researchers from the ANZSOG Institute for Governance at the University of Canberra, and the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), are embarking on a range of efforts to explain the complex links between Global Cities. One of these is the creation of a Global Migration Index, or GMI, for Sydney.

The GMI results are based on Census data from 2001 and 2011 to show changes in the multicultural make-up of urban areas. This has been done by comparing the 43 local councils across the Sydney region, from Wyong and Gosford in the north, west to the Blue Mountains, and south to Wollondilly, Campbelltown, and Sutherland.

More information on this project can be found here

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