Migrants asserting their rights: The case of the Greek-Australian Unemployed Movement


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Presenter:  Dr George Vassilacopoulos, Convener of Philosophy at Latrobe University's Department of Politics and Philosophy

Date: Oct 08, 2015

Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Contact person:  Associate Professor George Frazis
T: 8946 6486
E: george.frazis@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Blue 5.1.01, Casuarina campus

Target audience:  All are welcome to attend.

Greek migrants have played a significant role in Australian life, but too little attention has been paid to their struggles to secure their rights and participate as Australian citizens. This neglected aspect of the history of Greek-Australian migration challenges the stereotype of the passive migrant who has been accepted into the nation by the ‘host society’.

The presentation draws on a brief history of the organised attempts within the Greek-Australian community to address the problem of high unemployment in the early 1950s, in order to show that the new arrivals were politically and socially engaged, well before multiculturalism was adopted as a national policy.

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