ERIC Number: ED200383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Refugee Settlers: Some Aspects of Australia's Changed Institutional Response.
Claydon, Leslie F.
Reporting on Australia's attempts to aid in the resettlement of European and Asian refugees and other immigrants, this paper focused on the progress of governmental institutions in dealing with migrant problems such as education, employment, and cultural integration. The language barrier, caused by a lack of knowledge of English by the majority of incoming migrants, constituted the major inhibitor of acculturation into the socioeconomic and educational systems. Government efforts to identify and combat language disadvantages resulted in the development and initiation of multicultural programs for migrant adults and their children. Implementation of the recommendations of a Parliamentary review in 1977 included a "Program of Initial Settlement," which concentrated on intensive courses in English and formal orientations in housing, education, employment, and other areas of need. Settlement centres, unemployment benefits, interpreter services, multicultural resource centers, voluntary services, media services, and the creation of an Institute of Multicultural Affairs contributed to the nationwide and federally funded initiative, which is currently being evaluated, and which is believed to have done much to alleviate the common problems faced by Australia's migrants. (JD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adult Education, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Housing, Immigrants, Intercultural Programs, Migrant Employment, Migrant Problems, Migrant Welfare Services, Multicultural Education, Refugees, Remedial Programs, Second Language Programs, Social Integration
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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