Australia welcoming New Migrants to get Settled ‘New Home, New Laws’
Australia in 1949 held its 1st ceremony for new citizens. It would be almost 25 years before a policy that discriminated against black migrants gave way to multiculturalism in Australia.
More than a quarter of the population in Australia was born from other countries, making Australia one of the world’s most culturally diverse places like India.
But with three levels of government-( local, state and federal ) it has plenty of laws, and that can be a minefield for newcomers.
Mona Ibrahim, an art instructor in Sydney, says “in some countries weapons are routinely carried, but not in Australia.”
“It is normal overseas to have that in your pocket. It is even recommended for your safety, but here we are learning a new concept for safety. You are already safe. If you are not safe you just call the police.”
Youngster of Australia are making animated films to help new settlers, specially those from non-English speaking countries to understand Australian laws. It’s part of a crime prevention project called ‘New Home, New Laws.’
Brima Turay said:-(a migrant from Sierra Leone)
“Where we come from there are different ways to avoid crimes, and one of it is bribery; bribing a police officer or bribing a teacher for you to get good marks. That is why we put it on the screen there that in Australia it is a crime,”
Rob Lindsay said (a retired school teacher), who says young migrants can easily find themselves in trouble.
“In some cases you might be pulled over by the police and the police issue an on-the-spot fine, which is paid and goes directly into the policeman’s pocket. Well, that really does not work here and I can see young people getting themselves into all sorts of difficulties just because they did not understand things like that, whereas in other places it is just the way the system works,”
Australian immigration is dominated by new settlers from India and China.
There is opposition to multiculturalism in some quarters, but most of the Australians believe diversity has given their nation great strength.