Australia prides itself on being a multicultural society. We are mostly a society of immigrant families. With this in mind The Scanlon Foundation commissioned a report Mapping Social Cohesion 2009.
This was the second public Scanlon survey exploring attitudes to immigration; following one in 2007. It found that social cohesion operates not at the national level, but at the community level. This is where the lives of people from different backgrounds and cultures are made.
Grattan Institute hosted a seminar presented by Professor Andrew Markus who talked about the report’s findings. The discussion focused on contemporary immigration and immigrant’s experiences of connectedness, social justice, sense of belonging and worth.