Integration and Inclusion of Immigrants in Australia

McGill Queens University Press
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International Perspectives: Integration and Inclusion, 2012, 1, pp. 17 - 37
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The aim of this article is to investigate the extent to which immigrants have been included in, and integrated into, Australian society. This chapter critically evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of Australian multiculturalism from the point of view of Australiaâs immigrants themselves. It first traces the policy responses to immigrant settlement in Australia from assimilation to integration to multiculturalism. This chapter then looks at the (contradictory) evidence across many different objective and subjective dimensions of immigrant social inclusion, social integration and social cohesion in economic, social, political and cultural life in Australia today. Finally this chapter highlights the key stumbling blocks for immigrant settlement in Australia in the coming decades, suggests the key strengths and weaknesses of Australian multiculturalism and raises the possibility of an introducing elements of cosmopolitanism Australian multiculturalism to address these strengths and weaknesses.
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