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Old Feb 5th 2014, 3:12 pm
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Hi everybody!

I'm finishing my degree ans working a season in Ayia Napa this summer and in October I'm considering moving to Australia for a year and I was just wandering if anybody know if my race would be an issue. I'm planning to go to Perth. I've been reading some posts on this website on similar topics but they were from years ago so I was just wandering if anybody could give me any advice. I think I'd get along with people I'm more worried about not being able to get a job. any advice is appreciated and if anybody esle is considering going around the same time it would be great to have a buddy!
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Hi everybody!

I'm finishing my degree ans working a season in Ayia Napa this summer and in October I'm considering moving to Australia for a year and I was just wandering if anybody know if my race would be an issue. I'm planning to go to Perth. I've been reading some posts on this website on similar topics but they were from years ago so I was just wandering if anybody could give me any advice. I think I'd get along with people I'm more worried about not being able to get a job. any advice is appreciated and if anybody esle is considering going around the same time it would be great to have a buddy!
Why would you think the colour of your skin would prevent you from getting a job? I think it would be much more likely that you don't have a skill or Australian experience that would be the barriers to working here.

On another note, do you qualify for a visa to come live and work here? www.immi.gov.au is where to look at that.
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Why would you think the colour of your skin would prevent you from getting a job? I think it would be much more likely that you don't have a skill or Australian experience that would be the barriers to working here.

On another note, do you qualify for a visa to come live and work here? www.immi.gov.au is where to look at that.

Yeah I do qualify I've been looking into it and I'm sure it will be fine but even in 2014 rasicsm is still around, I'm just making sure lol
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Why would you think the colour of your skin would prevent you from getting a job? I think it would be much more likely that you don't have a skill or Australian experience that would be the barriers to working here.

On another note, do you qualify for a visa to come live and work here? www.immi.gov.au is where to look at that.
Just a guess but possibly because she has experienced it previously?
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Just a guess but possibly because she has experienced it previously?
In Australia?
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In Australia?
Oh sorry forgot Australia is racist free
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Oh sorry forgot Australia is racist free
Certainly where I work it seems to be. My department looks like the United Nations We've got a great range of colours and accents going on here.

I would think her lack of English skills would be more of a barrier.
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To the op, generally there are lots of different races (and lots of chinese, indian, SE asian migrants). There are also mainly australian who take a dim view of anyone not australian back 'X' generations. However that tends to apply equally to white brits, black brits, americans, turkish, lebonese, etc.

Colour is less likely to be an issue than cultural outlook and 'fitting in'.

Distrust of 'blacks' tends to be distrust of 'abos', where it occurs (which tends to be more country than city). As such racist views tend to be more nuanced and focused than the UK - they've got no particular reason to distrust you, so you go into the general 'other' pot - to be slightly distrusted unless you can be shown to 'fit in'.

You still need a thick skin for the insults, but they are more likely to be of the 'bloody pom' variety.

In the cities there tends to be little issue; they are all too busy trying to be americans....
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Tend to agree fully with Gary... Although I'd say being black as in UK or American black complete with accent, could actually be a bonus from the novelty factor in this country. I reckon the average Aussie will pick up on the accent real quick and do a curious double take. Careful though, they will possibly start off with an "acceptance" insult/remark at first and this can be quite off putting to people not used to Aussie culture.... UK people should be able to work this out pretty quickly though.

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I would think her lack of English skills would be more of a barrier.
She's British, so quite likely to speak English I would have thought!
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She's British, so quite likely to speak English I would have thought!
I think that was in reference to the poor written communication grammer accuracy...
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Certainly where I work it seems to be. My department looks like the United Nations We've got a great range of colours and accents going on here.

I would think her lack of English skills would be more of a barrier.

So many grammar warriors on the internet does it really matter....
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So many grammar warriors on the internet does it really matter....
If you're looking for work, then yes, it matters.
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If you're looking for work, then yes, it matters.
I doubt bar work etc will require me to have fantastic written skills, my degrees in Economics anyway im more maths based. Thank you for your concern though

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For casual work such as bar work, you would be better in Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne than Perth.

I think Perth is a bit isolated for a 'young single travelling on their own' person (making assumptions there).

My hubby is mixed race and was a novelty when we first arrived for his very posh British accent...its faded now and turned into Aussie.
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