Migrants settling well in Australia, but more needs to be done

Australia continues to successfully re-settle new arrivals into a socially cohesive society, a new report has reaffirmed today, but there is more to be done.

 The Australians Today – Australia@2015 Scanlon Foundation Survey provides invaluable insights into measuring and evaluating social cohesion in Australia.

The Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja said the survey confirms that most migrants find their settlement experience a positive one.

"The results we are seeing show us most migrants share an understanding of what is valued about life in Australia – the Australian way of life, freedom, democracy, our standard of living," Senator Seselja said.

"It also shows that social cohesion is a shared project – we need to help those who come here to build a new life and we need to call out those who are unhelpful to this process, but we also need to recognise the need for migrants to embrace Australian values."

Of the migrants surveyed who arrived in Australia between 2010-15, 92 percent said they were "happy" over the past year.

About 64 per cent of migrants who arrived between 2000-15 said they felt a sense of belonging in Australia, with 20 per cent "only slightly" sharing this feeling.

"This shows while we are on the right path, we still have work to do," Senator Seselja said.

"There are those, albeit small minorities, who find it difficult to identify as Australians or feel a sense of belonging among us

"Ultimately Language and Employment throughout the settlement process have a big part to play. We are currently reviewing our Humanitarian Settlement Services and Complex Case Support Programs to strive for better outcomes in these areas".

Senator Seselja thanked the Scanlon Foundation and in particular its founder Peter Scanlon for its contribution to fostering social cohesion in our country.

"With the right support, people coming to live in Australia become active community members benefiting themselves and the nation as a whole. The Australians Today – Australia@2015 Survey Au@2015 was completed by more than 10,000 people with the aim of furthering understanding of recent immigrant arrivals. We are grateful to the Scanlon foundation for the work they do in this important research area" Senator Seselja concluded.