Contemporary migrants have nothing in common with post World War II migrants, supports Professor of Cultural Studies, Media and Communications at the University of Melbourne Nikos Papastergiadis.
The professor delivered a lecture to the Greek community of Melbourne on “The future of Multiculturalism and International Migration”. In his lecture, Mr. Papastergiadis claimed that the migrants of today are completely different in comparison to those migrants leaving their home countries after the end of World War II.
“Contemporary migrants are well educated and do not move to other countries for an extended period of time” said Mr. Papastergiadis adding that “the first generation of migrants visiting Australia had to work really hard to offer their children a better future, while modern migrants move around to secure a better future for themselves and they want to get this future right away”.
Mr. Papastergiadis tried to provide the audience with a multi-level approach of the issue, referring to mass population displacements over the past few centuries and mentioning the variables moulding contemporary migrants and the multicultural society.