Living with the Enemy
No matter how hard they try to assimilate or how successful they are, some refugees can’t win. In Immigration — one of six episodes in the series on prejudice, discrimination and racism shown last year — we meet Abraham Nouk, who arrived here 10 years ago from Sudan with no English. He taught himself to read and write, became the slam poet champion of Victoria and went on to perform at the Glastonbury Festival. But he can’t get a job and is regularly the target of racist attacks. Then there’s Nick, a charmer who reckons allowing Africans such as Abraham into Australia is asking for trouble. He believes they are a drain on the economy and have nothing to contribute. Welcome to Australia.