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Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Sunday, October 17, 2004


An innovative campaign to boost South Australia’s dwindling population through migration is already yielding some positive results. And the number of new migrants to the State has increased significantly in recent months.

They come mostly from such countries as the United Kingdom, China, India, Singapore, and Pakistan.

And not to be forgotten are the increasing number of Africans who, having found their way to the land Down Under, have decided to settle in South Australia because of lifestyle considerations.

The official intention of the new migration program is quite clear. In fact, according to the Sunday Mail newspaper report, it is widely expected that the new wave of migrants will help boost the state’s population growth to about two million by the year 2050 - it is 1.6 million now.

We are, of course, talking about a particular category of migrants; notably, the well qualified urban professional types.

High on the list of the desired migrants are the following: information technology professionals, accountants, doctors, nurses, cooks, managements consultants, market research analysts, and allied health workers such as speech therapists.

Saturday, October 09, 2004


The High Court of Australia, the highest court in the land, has found in a landmark case that the detention of children was legal because it complied with the expressed will of the parliament, according to the recent issue of The Australian Financial Review.

Under the existing legislation, the asylum seekers and their children who enter the country illegally could be detained for long periods of time.

But some children, aged between 7 and 15, were released on temporary protection visas early this year, after three years in detention.

Nevertheless, there are 72 children in the immigration detention centres in Australia (and Christmas Island) - 29 of them in alternative detention, such as housing projects. Another 16 are being held in Nauru.

Justice Michael Kirby is on record as saying that the detention of children was legal despite the arguable breach of international obligations and the unfortunate consequences associated with such detention.

Thus, according to this view, the scheme of universal mandatory detention (of children) is a deliberately chosen, and repeatedly reaffirmed, decision of the Australian parliament, acting within its constitutional powers.

However, editorial writers and human rights advocates have expressed some concern about the High Court ruling; calling for policy change and an immediate end to the detention of children.

They are genuinely concerned about the physical and mental well being of children held in detention.

Sunday, October 03, 2004


It is common knowledge that the African migrants and refugees have done it the hard way. And most have been through the proverbial “school of hard knocks”, so to speak. But don’t give up the struggle!

A positive mental attitude is the key to success in today’s highly competitive environment. Be friendly, smile at others (even when things don’t go your way). And maintain eye contact!