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Blaming migrants won't solve Western Sydney's growing pains

31 July 2017

Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult. Blaming migrants won't solve Western Sydney's growing pains.

Population growth has profound impacts on Australian life, and sorting myths from facts can be difficult.
Blaming migrants won't solve Western Sydney's growing pains.

Western Sydney is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia. It’s also one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse, as a key arrival point for refugees and new migrants when they first settle in Australia.

Various public figures and media outlets have connected asylum-seeker intake and immigration to traffic congestion and queues at hospitals in Western Sydney.

However, this kind of reaction can pin the blame for infrastructure and affordability problems on culturally diverse populations who may have already lived in Australia for many years, if not several generations.

Our own UTS School of International Studies Bachelor of Global Studies Lecturer Dr. Kristine Aquino reports with The Conversation. Read the full article.