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Building a New Life in Australia

Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA): The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants follows the settlement journey of 2,399 humanitarian migrants and their families who arrived in Australia between April and October 2013.

The project aims to increase understanding of the well-being and experiences of humanitarian migrants settling in Australia. It focuses on their participation in society, their general health and happiness and investigating factors that may facilitate positive outcomes. To help inform policy, it collects information about use and availability of support.

BNLA is managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) on behalf of the Department of Social Services.

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Only a General Release of the BNLA Dataset is available. The current release of BNLA includes the first five waves of data. Please refer to the Guidelines for important information about using, storing and publishing with the data.

To apply for access to any of the DSS datasets, first, all applicants and collaborators who need to view unit record data must complete and sign a once only Confidentiality Deed Poll and email the scanned, signed copy to DSS (LongitudinalStudiesDataAccess@dss.gov.au) and ADA (ada@anu.edu.au). Electronic signatures are currently accepted.

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Feb 25, 2022
Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2019, "Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants, Release 5 (Waves 1-5)", doi:10.26193/0AF6TZ, ADA Dataverse, V5
Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) aims to identify factors which help or hinder positive settlement outcomes. BNLA follows 1,509 humanitarian migrating units who arrived in Australia or had their permanent visas granted in th...
Feb 24, 2022
Department of Social Services; Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2018, "Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants, Release 4 (Waves 1-4)", doi:10.26193/ZQHBPW, ADA Dataverse, V6
Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants (BNLA) aims to identify factors which help or hinder positive settlement outcomes. BNLA follows 1,509 humanitarian migrating units who arrived in Australia or had their permanent visas granted in th...
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