Title

Immigrant settlement patterns in Northeastern Australia : past experiences and future interventions

Publication Date

1-1-2001

Abstract

To understand the experiences of immigrants in three northeastern Australian shires, I have conducted a triangulated qualitative analysis through discussions with immigrants, discussions with shire representatives, observations and a content analysis of selected regional and national newspapers. My findings support the existence of a trend toward multiculturalism yet also suggest the greatest resettlement barrier is socio-cultural. My findings also suggest several interventions that can better ensure a positive resettlement experience for Australian immigrants. Key interventions are needed in the areas of cultural awareness and acceptance, immigrant support groups, and language education. In conclusion, I recommend that these interventions be conducted through local and regional nongovernment organizations rather than through state or national government programs. I believe this will raise awareness and solidify community commitment to the principles and goals of multiculturalism.

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