Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia

Supriya Singh is Professor, Sociology of Communications, at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She lives in her homes in Melbourne and Dharamshala, and has two sons and three grandsons.

Her latest book is Money, Migration and Family: India to Australia published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2016.



This book tells the story of nearly five decades of Indian migration to Australia from the late 1960s to 2015, through the eyes of migrants and their families. Firstly, there is the marked increase of Indian migrants, shifting from the earlier professionals to a dominance of student-migrants. The India-born in Australia are the fourth largest overseas born group. Secondly, remittances flow two ways in families between Australia and India. Thirdly, family communication across borders has become instantaneous and frequent, changing the experience of migration, family and money. Fourthly, mobility replaces the earlier assumption of settlement. Recent migrants hope to settle, but the large group who have come to study face a long period of precarious mobility. Lastly, recent migrants re-imagine the joint family in Australia, buying homes to accommodate siblings and parents. This is changing the contours of some major cities in Australia.


Her other recent books are The Girls Ate Last and Globalization and Money: A Global South Perspective.

Supriya was awarded the RMIT University Research Excellence Award 2014 for the College of Business.