/ 05 February 2021

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Most Aussies support multiculturalism, but only if newcomers adopt Australian values, a new report has found. Surveying 5,500 people across the country, the Scanlon Foundation found that 84% of respondents agreed that multiculturalism was good for Australia. However, 60% said they thought immigrants weren’t making enough effort to fit in. The report also showed negative sentiment towards people from Asia, Africa and the Middle East was on the rise, with nearly 50% of respondents holding negative views of Chinese Australians. In response, Minister for Immigration and Multiculturalism Alex Hawke acknowledged the persistence of racism in Australia, but said there were high levels of support for immigration programs. Labor’s multicultural affairs spokesman Andrew Giles said a national anti-racism strategy was needed.

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