African-Australians: trials and triumphs

By: PATRICK GWILLIM-THOMAS


posted on: December 20th, 2018

The African community in Australia has before been dominated by white South African immigrants who came to Australia in the 1970s and 60s seeking a more secure life. These South African migrant communities remain privileged in Australia earning an average of $882 per week whilst the average Australian only earns $557.

From the 1980s on, more refugees have been coming from Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Eritrea and general immigration from other African countries has increased (e.g. Ghana, and Egypt). These migrants often come from less privileged backgrounds than some South Africans and are predominantly black. In this article we will look at the issues faced by these newer communities before covering the signs of hope for the future behind these issues.

TRIALS

Unemployment within Newly Emerging African Communities: unemployment is a major issue in these communities. It is contributed to by all the other major problems highlighted below and allows for these problems to lead to a lack of money and lower social standing for these communities.

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