English skills give African refugees the edge on income

By Jackson Gothe-Snape

20100119000291236619-minihighres_0Humanitarian migrants from Liberia and Sierra Leone have been revealed as earning more than those from any other country, highlighting the importance of English for people settling in Australia.

The 3500 taxpayers who fled these nations for Australia recorded a median income of approximately $37,000 per year in 2011-12, according to data released today by the ABS.

The 46,000 taxpayers classed as humanitarian migrants – widely known as refugees – recorded a median income of $28,000 overall.


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.