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Refugee analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of 200+ articles about refugees. It includes articles about the Australian government’s refugee policy over time, policies and approaches internationally, articles on the western Europe migrant crisis of 2015, “explainers” on why refugee intake number vary across Europe, and a long-read essay by Julian ...

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We come to Australia

This learning sequence explores digital migrant stories of Australians of Asian heritage. Students analyse these stories and reflect on those who come to Australia seeking better lives.

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Journeys to Australia

This unit presents a learning sequence for Year 6 students to develop their historical inquiry skills by investigating the key immigration policies and programs Australia has implemented, identifying a range of reasons for migration, highlighting key events from post Federation to present day.

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Thai Di's wild kitchen

Have you ever tasted Thai food? Ngamjit Anontaphan, or Thai Di to her friends, cooks Thai cuisine with Australian ingredients. She was born in Thailand but now lives in the Kimberley in Western Australia. Based on what she says in this video, what are some of the similarities between Australia and Thailand that may have ...

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Please explain: election of Pauline Hanson, 1996

How much can you tell about people by the politicians they choose to represent them? In 1996, Pauline Hanson was voted into the Australian Parliament as an Independent member for the Queensland seat of Oxley, despite (or perhaps because of) her controversial views about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and ...

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Mirror-wall of inequality

How do you define poverty? How does inequality manifest itself in society? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, provide a vivid illustration of inequality in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler is the fourth in a series of eight.

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Refugee kids: adjusting to a new culture

How can we help refugees adjust to their new life in Australia? Look at this group of teenage African refugee boys as they take part in an eight-week training course. Through a program of physically challenging activities, they learn to take positive risks and regain their ability to trust.

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The gold rush era

The gold rush of the 1890s, which started in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie, prompted a rush of hopeful prospectors to Western Australia. Perth Mint exhibition supervisor Greg Cooke talks about the reality of life in the harsh outback with little water and no roads. Would you have risked your life to try to find your fortune ...

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An immigration nation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull once described Australia as an 'immigration nation'. What do you think he meant by that? Do you agree? |Watch four very different people speak about their experiences as first- and second-generation migrants. What were some reasons they or their parents migrated to Australia?

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Sikhs become part of the Woolgoolga community

How does a large increase in the number of migrants to a town affect the local people? In this clip from 1984, the head priest of the Sikh temple talks about the contributions that the Sikh migrants have made to the town of Woolgoolga since their arrival.

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Italian fishermen of Woolloomooloo

Explore a small part of mid-20th-century Sydney through the lives of Italian fishermen living in Woolloomooloo. Learn how the fishermen and their families, who migrated from Italy at the end of World War I, developed a strong community. See how they adapted to their new culture while still holding onto their Mediterranean ...

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Making a successful life on the land

Joseph Bowman and his wife chose to leave their home in England to settle in far away Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania). Their story is told in a TV series called The Colonials. Actor Brian Young, who plays Mr Bowman in the series, explains some of the history behind the TV show. This clip is one in a series of four.

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Kids in the Kimberley

Have you ever been confronted by your own prejudices? Listen to Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, tell the story of how he came to recognise and disarm his own prejudices in a remote Aboriginal community in north-western Australia. This audio clip from Radio National's Conversations with Richard Fidler ...

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'A rough, rough gig'

What problems do refugees face when they arrive in Australia? Akram Azimi, the 2013 Young Australian of the Year, speaks about crucial early community support for his family. Hear too about Akram's response to intolerance at school, and how a committed teacher had a positive impact on his life. This audio clip from Radio ...

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Chinese migration

Learn the history of Chinese migration to Australia in the 1800s, and hear the story of Captain John Egge, entrepeneur and business owner. Can you think of some other notable migrants and the contributions they made to Australia?

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Archaeological evidence of Chinese miners

See the rugged outback around a small Northern Territory town and hear about the people who travelled from Asia to work there. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters visits Pine Creek's historic goldfields and encounters traces of Chinese goldminers who worked on the remote northern ...

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Stories set in stone: Sydney's Quarantine Station

Imagine arriving in Australia after months at sea only to be confined, perhaps for months, in a small area beside the sea. This story explores the experiences of people in the 19th or early 20th century who arrived in Sydney on ships on which serious diseases had broken out. Examine the records that some of these people ...

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Objects through timeline: 50,000 years before present

This is a 26-page fact sheet that provides a comprehensive overview of migration to Australia from the first arrival of humans to 2006. It includes details about the major waves of international and internal migration, key events and policies, and individuals and groups that have made significant contributions to the development ...

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Diversity, identity and Australian culture

This teaching resource focuses on immigration and settlement patterns in Australia. It explores the migration experience, and the impact that immigrants from diverse cultural backgrounds have had on Australian society and its changing identity.

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Ned Kelly confronts his judge

How do the lives of Ned Kelly and Redmond Barry reflect the contrasting experiences of those who came to Australia as convicts and free settlers? Kelly was the son of an Irish convict and claimed to be fighting against the injustices of the old world revisited in the new. Barry had arrived in Melbourne as a free Irish immigrant. ...