The WEF gathered the data from late 2011 through late 2012 by asking respondents, "How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?" The WEF explains that the survey results are meant to help "measure the extent to which a country and society are open to tourism and foreign visitors."
Recently arrived immigrants do not find Australian people to be caring, friendly, or hospitable, a finding in contrast with those of earlier surveys. Recent arrivals report relatively high levels of discrimination on the basis of their ‘skin colour, ethnic origin or religion over the last 12 months’. This is the reported experience of 41% of non-English speaking background immigrants who arrived between 2000-10, compared to the national average of 16%.
In 2013 there was a marked increase in reported experience of discrimination. The Scanlon Foundation survey asked: ‘Have you experienced discrimination because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?’ The 2013 survey found the highest level recorded across the six surveys (19%), an increase of seven percentage points over 2012. There is large variation in the experience of discrimination within sub-groups. Analysis by country of birth indicated highest experience of discrimination by respondents born in Malaysia (45%), India and Sri Lanka (42%), Singapore (41%), Indonesia (39%), and China and Hong Kong (39%).
The findings indicate strong levels of support for multiculturalism. Thus 84% of respondents agreed that ‘multiculturalism has been good for Australia’. More than seven out of ten respondents agreed that multiculturalism ‘benefits the economic development of Australia’ (75%) and ‘encourages immigrants to become part of Australian society’ (71%). Close to six out of ten agreed that multiculturalism strengthens the Australian way of life (60%) and gives immigrants the same opportunities as the Australian born (58%).
Given that one of the key objectives of the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion research program is to measure Australia’s immigration performance, an important finding is the continuing majority support for immigration. There is consistent endorsement of immigration from the major source countries and for a diverse intake. Further, there are new findings in the 2013 survey of strong support for multiculturalism across the broad spectrum of Australians – and high levels of satisfaction with life in Australia indicated by recent arrivals.
The increase in reported discrimination may seem to be in contradiction with these findings, but the positive findings relate to majority opinion while discrimination stems from the actions of a minority; as the Scanlon Foundation surveying has shown, some 10% of the population harbours strong negative views towards cultural diversity, with higher proportions within specific demographics.
A parody web series about an Indian call centre training college learning to converse with Australians.
From director Tony Rogers (Wilfred) and writer Rob Hibbert, (Images You Should Not Masturbate To) comes How to Talk Australians, a comedy web series set in an Indian call centre training college.
Presented in the format of an elaborate educational video, the series delivers a satirical take on the Australian way of life. An assembly of Indian teachers dissect our national identity, as they perform re-enactments, conduct lectures in linguistics, and attempt impersonations of famous Australians.
Mining the depths of every aspect of the Australian stereotype, the 8-part series presents us with a unique outsider’s perspective, and asks us to visit that most Australian trait: to laugh at ourselves.
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