Asian migration on increase

Asian migration on increase

21 Jul 2010

Research by La Trobe University academic, Dr Rob Townsend, has highlighted a 500 per cent increase in the numbers of migrants from Asian countries who settle in Bendigo.

South East Asia‘The 2006 census data has shown that the number of people who migrated to Bendigo has risen from 100 in 1990 to 500 in 2006. These figures are likely to keep accelerating as family members join people who already live in this region,’ said Dr Townsend.

Dr Townsend send emerging trends of increasing migration to regional centres such as Bendigo bring with them significant social change.

He said recent change in the diversity of Australia’s regional population via migration means that governments have accelerated immigration programs that target skilled and humanitarian migrants for resettlement in regional and rural Australia.

‘Skilled migrants can fill skill shortages and fulfil specific employment contracts in regional cities and rural communities like Bendigo and Castlemaine. However, the experiences of migrants settling into such communities can be very isolating, making it difficult to start a new and satisfying life involving work, family, education and friends,’  Dr Townsend said.

Dr Townsend and his colleague, Dr Jan Pascal are inviting migrants from China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma or Cambodia who have lived in the Bendigo region since 2005 to take part in the next phase of their research.

‘We are keen to explore the experiences of migrants from South East Asia and their journey of resettlement in the Bendigo area and we’d be most interested in hearing from people who would like to participate in a two-hour discussion group for this purpose,’ Dr Townsend said.

The discussion group will meet on Thursday 5 August from 11am – 1pm in the meeting room at Continuing Education Bendigo, Myers Street office for a very informal discussion.  Lunch will be provided.

After the discussion group, Dr Townsend and Dr Pascal are also seeking 40 people from South East Asian backgrounds to complete a survey about their personal well-being and life in the Bendigo region.  Anyone interested in either joining the discussion group or being sent a survey may contact Jan Pascal on 5444 7573 or Rob Townsend on 5444 7465.

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