Over­seas ar­rivals

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE City of Bel­mont's an­ces­try in­cludes peo­ple from the UK, New Zealand and Ire­land.

But the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple liv­ing there now who who were born over­seas are from In­dia, China and Philip­pines.

Ac­cord­ing to the Fed­eral De­part­ment of Immigration and Cit­i­zen­ship be­tween 2002 and 2012, there were a to­tal of 5068 over­seas set­tlers ar­riv­ing in the Bel­mont area.

Of this, 64 per cent ar­rived as skilled mi­grants; 25 per cent fam­ily sponsored mi­grants and 10.5 per cent as hu­man­i­tar­ian en­trants.

Of all set­tlers ar­riv­ing in Bel­mont on skilled mi­gra­tion visas, 27.6 per cent were from South East Asia, the Philip­pines or In­done­sia; 25.3 per cent were from Southern Asia, Afghanistan or In­dia; 16.1 per cent were from North East Asia, China and Korea and 13.5 per cent from Southern and East Africa and South Africa.

Of all hu­man­i­tar­ian en­trants set­tling in Bel­mont, 54.5 per cent were from Africa, fol­lowed by 27.6 per cent from Southern Asia.

Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism is about fair­ness and in­clu­sion. It en­hances re­spect and sup­port for cul­tural, re­li­gious and lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity. It is about shared ex­pe­ri­ences and the make-up of our neigh­bour­hoods and ac­knowl­edges the ben­e­fits and po­ten­tial that di­ver­sity brings.

Source: City of Bel­mont state­ment

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