Migration In Australia Essay

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Migration to Australia has been a process that has progressed immensely from 1945 to 2014. This process has been divided up into three major time periods, which are 1945 to 1964, 1965 to 1975 and 1976 to 2014. During the first time period, multiculturalism was welcomed by Australia to a limited extent, as it was an unfamiliar convention of society in Australia. However, during the second and third time periods, the population of migrants grew causing the idea of multiculturalism to grow as well. Australia welcomed multiculturalism to a moderate extent, then to a high extent during the second and third time periods respectively. The increase of migrants also resulted in Australia to become ...view middle of the document...

By the end of 1948, ten ships were used exclusively to transport migrants, whilst commercial ships were used to transport thousands of others.

1965 to 1975 was a period of time that Australia was more secure as a nation economically, militarily and socially, but not secure enough. Australia still needed to make it easy for migrants to enter Australia. In 1966, the Government announced that applications from those wishing to settle in Australia would be considered on the basis of their suitability as settlers, their ability to integrate readily, and possession of qualifications useful to Australia. This was a helpful decision for the migrants because now their ethnicity was not a major issue. The concept of multiculturalism was beginning to settle into the minds of Australians, however still to only a moderate extent. This encouraged migrants to migrate to Australia and put their qualifications to good use in the country. In 1975, the Racial Discrimination Act was passed. This was a major turning point involving the idea of multiculturalism just before the third time period. Since migrants now knew that they would be welcome and accepted to a higher extent by not only the government but also Australian citizens, they were much more willing to migrate to Australia and use their skills to serve Australia.

1976 to the current day, 2014 has been a much more secure time period for Australia as a nation. Australia’s economic, military and social growth has been stable and strong due to the increase of migrants. However the reason why there has been an increase of migrants was because Australia made it even easier for migration to occur. The increase of migrants also resulted in Australians becoming greatly familiar with...

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