New test for migrants to Australia

Knowledge of English and acceptance of local customs and laws required.

    John Howard says the new rules are not
    designed to "keep some people out"

    Prospective citizens – migrants who have been in Australia for four years – will have to make a commitment to understand commonly-held local values such as respect for the law, religious and individual freedoms and equal rights for men and women.
     
    Monday's announcement comes amid a long-running debate about immigration in Australia.
     
    It follows a recent crackdown on illegal immigrants and concerns that extremist Islamic views may be gaining a foothold in the country.
     
    More than 20 per cent of Australians were born overseas.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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