Call for Participants – History of Turkish Migrants in Victoria

Flag of TurkeyThre Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR) has made a call for participants to come forward and share their stories of settlement in Victoria. The project will create an interactive video that will tell stories and share experiences about the early days of Turkish settlement in Victoria.


The Turkish community in Victoria is unique and fascinating. It is one of the oldest non-western nations to embark on an ambitious migration experiment which commenced over 50 years ago and brought an end to the White Australia Policy, through the Assisted Passage Scheme. This resulted in creating a rich tapestry of identities from all walks of life, contributing to small business, fine cuisine, fashion and culture, religion, politics, sport, education, law and so forth.

Kuranda Seyit is creating an interactive video that will tell stories and share experiences about the early days in Victoria. Preserving these stories will be important for future generations and for all Victorians to understand the difficulties and successes of the Turkish migration experiment.

This project is much needed as many of the older generation are in their late 70s and 80s and the stories need to be captured sooner or we may lose this opportunity. The beauty of the project is that it will link the older generation’s experiences with today’s generation and give us insights into Australian-Turkish migration experience.

If you are a Victorian-Turkish migrant who would like to share your journey then please get in touch by calling 0412 318045 or emailing director@fair.org.au.

 

History of  Australian-Turkish migration experience

 


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