Multiculturalism is a good news story for Australia.  AYAC celebrates Australia’s cultural and religious diversity as strengths, and affirms the importance of a vibrant multiculturalism to our national identity.AYAC also recognises the strengths, experiences and achievements of young people from multicultural backgrounds, however, the challenges of settlement and negotiating cultural dislocation can put enormous pressures on newly arrived youth.

AYAC believes that…

  • Cultural and religious diversity is an important and welcome part of Australian life and has a fundamental and meaningful role to play in a national social inclusion agenda.
  • Achieving a truly vibrant multiculturalism requires political leadership that models and cultivates shared understanding and respect for cultural and religious diversity.
  • All young people who come to Australia seeking asylum must be relocated from immigration detention into community care with specialised support.

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