Australia has been a bright hope for international students. A wealthy and safe country for students from nations across the world.
Australia sit’s among the top 15 best educational systems in the world today, which is of huge appeal to young foreigners, who are looking for work, education and money.
Despite this, there have been growing concerns for international students as to just how safe it is in Australia.
In 2009 there were 120,913 Indian students enrolled for qualifications in Australia. 1447 of these students were victims of crime, including assaults and robberies.
This made significant waves in the media during the time.
In Australia, there is no support system for international students in situations as bad as these. A similar case has occurred recently with a dispute with a 7/11 employer who withheld $21,298 for a foreign worker.
This has been ascribed to Australian’s sense of ethnocentrism. Our belief that our culture is superior to foreign cultures has been blamed for the attack of Manrajawinder Singh and the unjust pay of 7/11 employees.
However, despite the attitudes of some Australian’s the Center of research for Social Inclusion found that foreign students ” interested in getting to know ‘Australians’ and curious about their lives.” (Kell & Vogl, 2006, p6). Despite this, international students felt that Australians didn’t want to get to know them.
The outrage expressed in India was directed at the Australian government for not taking the motive to the attacks seriously. “smug and superior attitude of the Australian Government for denying there was racism and then telling Indians not to hype this up” (Mehta,2010) The rest of the article looking at this magazine can be found here.
This comment and the articles are highlighting our ethnocentrism. And this is not helping Australia’s image in the global world. Australian universities other educational institutions pull in a large portion of international students which grow our labor force and raise the skills of citizens or people attaining citizenship. However, safety and security as well as the exploitation in housing and employment.
This is a problem Australia is still facing. In the International Media and Communcations tutorial the class discussed a few idea about the situations. It’s clear that this debate will continue for a while to come. At it’s core it’s about our countries view of itself and how well we welcome outsiders. Racism is a pressing issue for Australians and sorting out our differences is going to make a difference on a global scale.
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