Inequality and Adolescent Migrants: Results from Youth2000 Survey

  • Sonia Lewycka
  • Roshini Peiris-John
  • Rachel Simon-KumarEmail author
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


Diversity in Aotearoa/New Zealand is increasing, and most rapidly among the youngest age groups. While existing research into young migrants has explored aspects of their lived experiences, there is little work that specifically investigates these from a perspective of inequality. Using data from a series of nation-wide surveys of secondary school students, we found the youth population in Aotearoa/New Zealand to be more diverse than ever before, with growing disparities among migrant groups in legal status in Aotearoa/New Zealand, experience of household, neighbourhood and school deprivation, social connectedness, ethnic discrimination and health. Governments that seek to make migration policy conducive only to labour market needs and ignore its long-term structural and intergenerational consequences will perpetuate ethnic inequalities.


First generation Youth survey Adolescent Deprivation Neighbourhood School decile Well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sonia Lewycka
    • 1
  • Roshini Peiris-John
    • 2
  • Rachel Simon-Kumar
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of MedicineUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.School of Population HealthUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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