Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Donald Trump's ban on immigration from Muslim countries has propelled the issue of migration and refugees into the news headlines once again.
Migrants, including refugees from war and persecution, have played a vital role in the shaping of South Australia's history and culture over many decades.
At the University of Adelaide, Professor Rachel Ankeny (Department of History) has been leading a research team on a major project known as Hostel Stories, which delves into the experiences of migrants who travelled to South Australia from the 1940s to the 1990s, and who spent their first days in Adelaide living in one of the government- or employer-sponsored hostels in and around the city.
This project has led to a richer understanding of migrant experiences, including where migrants have chosen to settle in Adelaide and why, and how that has impacted on our communities.
Professor Ankeny presented some of her work at a history conference in Adelaide this week, following on from a recently published paper in the journal Australian Geographer.
The findings of the project include: