Thursday, May 05, 2011

Get a job. Or not.

The Tele reports:
More than 60 per cent of refugees to Australia have failed to get a job after five years, according to a damning Federal Government report into the humanitarian settlement program.

The greatest unemployment rate was recorded among new arrivals from Iraq and Afghanistan, with less than one in 10 finding full-time work and 93.7 per cent of households receiving Centrelink payments.

The statistics are contained in a Department of Immigration and Citizenship report released last Friday under the cover of the royal wedding.
Wouldn't want to spoil Wills and Kate's big day...

The problem is not that these people are unemployed. Rather, it is that they are unemployable.

More than 60 per cent of those people without jobs had a poor command of English.
Can you blame them? Why bother learning a new language, when you can get handouts each week with no effort. Wait till the folks back home hear about this scam! It is unhelpful that our welfare agencies are frequently multilingual.

From day one, in a new country, you should be learning the language and the culture. Any immigrant who isn't interested, should be shown the door. I believe immigration is critical to the future of this country. However we should be attracting the right kind of immigrant, and actively repelling the wrong kind. There's something very wrong with the system when people who are completely unlikely to get a job or contribute to the country in any way (other than pleasing Australia's craziest refugee tragic Marilyn Shepherd), have an easier time gaining admission than motivated, educated professionals.



Blogger Boy on a bike said...

You don't need much of a command of english to get a job. My in-laws have been here for over 40 years, and some can still barely speaka da lingo. They don't need to. They run their own businesses, and they only employ other members of their community. They all worship at churches where the services are in the old lingo. Their kids go to language school on weekends to learn the old lingo. They shop at places that are staffed by people that talk the old lingo. They socialise at a club that - you guessed it - where they all speak the old lingo.

In other words, there are enough of them in Sydney for the in-laws to rarely if ever speak english. Talking to me is about the only time they interact with a locally born person.

Every single one of my in-laws has worked from the day they got off the boat, and not one of them has ever, ever been dependent on the state for a hand out.

I was working on a building site recently. A lot of the tradies couldn't speak much english either, or write any of it (most, funnily enough, were "students" on an appropriate visa). A lack of english skills didn't stop any of them pulling in $60/hour or more.

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt that some groups are worse than others when it comes to being a burden on the system.

Often the second generation is the one which speaks the language etc.

Then there are examples such as the Lebanese (Muslims) where all three generations are unemployed. Similarly the rate of imprisonment is higher amongst the Muslim population.

Interesting discussion at

7:11 PM  
Anonymous TBBS said...

Boy on a Bike has pre-empted me!

Both my parents came to Aus without any English. Both started working alsmost staright away, my mother practising her English at bhome and at the office, and my father TEACHING HIMSELF English via various methods.

Immigration, in America, and Australia and any country has happened without people knowing the local language. language helps of course, but it is the work ethic and determination to succeed (legally, generally) in a new place that has driven migrant success. And of course some migrants have not done so well, and, not knowing the language, still have a hard time.
One of the saddest groups in fact is older migrant men.

At the same time you need some ability and nous to operate in a new culture - if you don't know how to do that, employment will be a difficult matter.

And, n ot to denigrate any of the findings here, let's face it, plaenty of native Australians have trouble navif=gating the employment sector or finding jobs.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous TBBS said...

Apologies for spelling, typing too quickly as usual.

11:48 PM  

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