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Thoughts and Reflections on African Migration and Settlement in Australia.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Migrants at Work

A migrant’s work (like the proverbial charity) begins at home but does not end there.

The latest annual snapshot of social trends from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that migrants, who held a job in their own country before leaving, are more likely to be employed when they arrive in Australia.

Consequently, of those migrants who worked before they came to Australia, 71 per cent secured employment, compared with 50 per cent of those who did not have a job in their own country.

Nevertheless, success of any magnitude requires self-discipline, hard work, and a high degree of moral integrity.

The ABS data also found that the longer the period since arrival, the more likely migrants have obtained educational qualifications, improved their English proficiency, and developed a good knowledge of the labour market.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Exports of Australian Wine

The exports of Australian produced wine increased 6.1% on April 2006 to 66.9 million litres in May 2006, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia exported 716.1 million litres with a value of $2.7 billion in the twelve months ending May 2006, an increase of 7.8% in volume and 1.0% in value over the corresponding period to May 2005.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Working Visas

The semi-skilled workers, foreign truck drivers and farm hands, could be given working visas as the Australian government tries to deal with the chronic labour shortage.

Meanwhile, the captains of industry are looking forward to a wider range of occupations for which foreign workers might qualify, according to The Australian newspaper report.

The Immigration Department is negotiating with the Australian Trucking Association over a proposal to bring qualified heavy truck drivers and diesel mechanics to Australia on a temporary basis.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The Migrant Adventure

The migrant adventure
And the constant search for meaning.
A spiritual journey!

Behold the sun chasers!
The reality of powerlessness exposed
In omnipotent universe.

Golden days
In the new frontier
Who moved the goal post?

Seize the moment
To witness the birth of a star
I’m right behind you!

The lost boy in space
Haunted by the near brush with
The red giant.

The Big Bang!
Unravelling the mysteries of the universe.
But who lit the fuse?

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo