The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) continues its efforts in promoting family migration as a means to ensure the continuing success of Australia’s multicultural society.
FECCA Chairperson Mary Patetsos argued that a strong level of family migration was essential to a safe, successful and productive settlement of migrants in Australia by maintaining family ties, which act as a support network for the migrant.
“FECCA believes that family migration is integral to the successful settlement of migrants in Australia,” Ms Patetsos said adding that such a practice contributes to social cohesion and the wellbeing of the whole community.
“It is important that family ties and connections are maintained, as it assists in successful settlement, economic participation and integration.
Ms Patetsos also stressed that Australians of all backgrounds should have access to family reunions, following reports of a 10 per cent cut in permanent migration in 2017-18, with fewer family reunions.
“Australia has a proud history of immigration, which has brought many benefits to the nation. Migration brings skills, knowledge and experience to Australia. And, by contributing to the diversity of our communities, migration has built a productive and culturally rich Australian society,” she said.
“FECCA recognises that our successful immigration system should continue to be underpinned by integrity, transparency and fairness.”