It is written for all Australians interested in these issues, but above all, for those who work in organisations that promote social cohesion, and who are therefore required to understand, and to explain to others, the impact of these changes on the nation. When you walk down a street in Australia’s largest cities, the odds are that one in seven of the people you pass will have arrived in this country in the past 20 years. In Melbourne, the figure is more like one in four. It’s another reminder of how much Australians are still a new people.
This paper for the Scanlon Institute for Applied Social Cohesion Research draws on recent research and writing from Australian and international universities, think tanks and media to shed light on the great transformation that mass migration is producing in nearly all western societies, along with great anxiety in some.