Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    Western Australia celebrates strength and diversity of multiculturalism

    18/12/2007 9:39 AM

    Small Business Minister Margaret Quirk has highlighted International Migration Day as a time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of the multicultural community.

    Ms Quirk said about 500,000 overseas migrants settling in Australia each year, it was clear that migration continued to play a vital role in the growth and success of the nation.

    Today is International Migration Day.

    “There is strength in diversity,” the Minister said.

    “Western Australia has a long tradition of relying on the expertise of migrants to help our State grow and prosper, and we are very proud of our multicultural community.

    “We have built a successful, integrated society, economically and socially, and we should celebrate it.”

    There are more than 230 nationalities living in and around the Perth metropolitan area, with English-born migrants representing the largest group (10 per cent) in the city’s population.

    International Migrants Day was officially introduced by the United Nations in 2000, when the UN General Assembly approved the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

    The role of the State Migration Centre at the Small Business Development Corporation is to promote WA as a destination for business and skilled migrants.

    During 2006-07, the State Migration Centre responded to more than 19,000 inquiries by telephone, email and post from potential migrants, and conducted more than 2,400 personal interviews during overseas events.

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