Migrants embrace Australia Day celebrations in their new home

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A survey of new migrants has found the majority find participating in Australia Day celebrations helps them feel welcome in their adopted country

Migrants who have been in Australia for less than three years believe it's important to celebrate Australia Day, but many don't grasp the significance of the date 26 January.

The majority of the 150 new migrants surveyed said they planned to learn more about the history of the date. “It’s our experience that almost without exception people who are newly arrived in Australia want to fit in and become part of the broader society,” Ms Scarth said.Record number of new citizens

“Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate our success as a multicultural nation and reflect on what it means to be an Australia,” Mr Tudge said.

 

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SBS got it and then you read the comments🙄

“only a quarter were aware of its significance for Indigenous Australians as 'Invasion Day'. “ That % would be more than most Australians know - it’s why black history should be taught at school rather than the white washed version. It’s the only way change will occur

May new migrants learn about the history of First Nations people and support their pursuit of recognition in a faulty Constitution! We need to honour First Nations people appropriately and pursue reconciliation before Australia becomes wholesome!

Australians want new migrants to feel welcome but not at the expense of First Australians. If only we could find an all-inclusive date that is not 26 January. Hoping new migrants will stand up & be counted on this, alongside fellow Australians. And dress as they please!

at last, someone at SBS gets it.

'them feel welcome' Migrants chose to come here

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