Chance means change. For decades, thousands of migrants arriving in Australia, all face the same dilemma, how do I live here? With such a different environment and lifestyle to get accustomed to, how can a person adjust themselves to a new way of life after living their whole life somewhere else? But does it matter? Migrants have a free choice. They come and stay if they see what they like, if not they take the next flight back to wherever. But for the most part, those migrants won’t see what they could have here.
It seems more and more migrants are coming into Australia to settle and 16 –year-old, Wendy Chan, who recently arrived in Melbourne south, is no exception. Wendy is currently trying to adjust to her new home with a care-free approach. She does not take any harsh feelings in moving to Australia, and even though the language barrier is difficult to overcome, she is trying her best because she found this journey to be enjoyable.
“I go to an intensive English language school and I made a few friends. Everyone is very friendly. By being able to attend school and learn about the new home and culture that they live in, migrants would be able to adjust easily into their new society, making their experience more enjoyable and worthwhile. Because of this, the number of migrants makes up 25% of the population of Australia (2009) and is increasing as the years go by (The Australians Bureau of Statistics). Thus, meaning that migrants are warming up to the Australian way and is likely to want to settle as permanent residents.
But this is not the case with other individual migrants.When asked about other migrants; “Everyone is from different places and all our English is about the same level, so we get along pretty well. ” Wendy sees that other migrants are in the same boat as her and is treated decently, but unfortunately some migrants are treated quite the opposite. They get cussed, pushed, bullied, and denied their right as seen on the 2005 Cronulla beaches, where the biggest racism riot between Australians and Lebanese people occurred. Part of this misdemeanour is not their fault, but is of the original inhabitants.Maybe the Australians don’t like being invaded by unfamiliar races and nationalities, or maybe they just don’t like the way the ‘new kid’ dresses. Either way, this is a very difficult situation for migrants to handle. On top of a stressful journey, migrants are forced to endure the aggressive behaviour of the Australians. Please. Are we so jaded that we can’t be bothered with our jobs and have to take out our boredom on these asylum seekers? These deeds are exactly what are preventing migrants to adapt properly, preventing them to see what a great country Australia is and all the benefits that it can offer.We are soiling our reputation as a multicultural country with these acts. A part of a migrant’s journey is for them to adapt to the new country and live their ways. What if a migrant does not want to change for the better? This only causes problems for them. “The biggest problem is my English is not good. ” Wendy Chan confesses, this is also every other migrant’s problem as well. As researched by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2001, 16% of the population of Australians all spoke a different language other than English at home.This is all due to the years of immigration, imagine now, ten years later, how many more languages have we picked up and increased? But that is not the point here, a migrant who comes from a different background, of course, would know a language other than English, and is probably best at that than English too. But does that give them the excuse of not learning English because it’s ‘difficult’? Migrants who choose to live in Australia, hi, we are AUSTRALIA and in this country, we speak ENGLISH, if you want to live here too, speak ENGLISH. Immigrants, not Australians, must adapt. Take it or leave it. ”(Julia Gillard, march 2011). If a migrant would only see the positive instead of the negatives, life would be very easy. The endless opportunities await them, if they are willing to open their eyes to those chances. It’s hard, adaption, well at first, it is, but as time goes on a migrant will unknowingly adjust themselves to the Australian way. Whether they want to or not, if they want to stay here, they will have to change and learn about the country before them.