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New Zealand, S. Sudanese migrants to Australia treated like sh*t

Posted by te2ataria on August 24, 2016

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Half of New Zealanders starting a new life in Australia have experienced racism or discrimination

New Zealanders and South Sudanese migrants to Australia feel they are more discriminated against among all migrant groups, according to a survey of more than 10,000 people.

Migrants feel less optimistic the longer they stay in Australia, the report has found.

Australians going to New Zealand do qualify for full citizenship, but if you come the other way, you don’t.

“New Zealanders who come here can come by their passport, but the consequence of that is there are some benefits that they don’t get,” said Professor Markus of Monash University.

Professor Andrew Markus said many New Zealanders, who hold Special Category Visas, feel they are given a “harsh deal” in Australia because they can live and work here but are not eligible to vote, receive welfare, or other benefits.

“At one level they should know what they’re getting themselves into because it’s very clearly explained to them,” he said.

“Nonetheless people feel resentment having worked in this country for years, paid their taxes, contributed to the community and then having difficulties and not being able to get Centrelink benefits.  [See Australians Today report.]

“They also resent the fact that an Australian going to New Zealand does qualify for full citizenship but if you come the other way, you don’t.”

More than 200,000 New Zealanders on these visas, can’t get any help from Centrelink, it’s hard for kids going to university to get HECS, and they don’t get to vote, says the report.

“Both New Zealand and South Sudanese migrants also reported low levels of trust, with Kiwis holding a very little trust in political parties (10 per cent) and the South Sudanese reporting the lowest level of trust in the police (24 per cent) out of any other group.”

“Migrants from South Sudan bear the brunt of discrimination, with the report’s author Professor Andrew Markus describing the level of colour prejudice towards them as ‘off the scale'”.

[The second edition of this report, originally published by abc.net.au on Tuesday, has been heavily redacted and partially censored.]

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