Liv­ing with the Enemy

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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