Migrants to face tougher English Language test for Australian Citizenship
Tougher English test for migrants is keen to introduce by the Federal government to become eligible for acquiring Australian citizenship, as Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge proposed tougher English-language tests for people trying to get Australian citizenship. He said that “Australia’s multiculturalism model is at risk unless significant policy intervention addresses the issue of lower integration rates and falling English-language skills.”
As Mr. Tudge said that the current policy settings are no longer adequate amid the emerging ethnic enclaves and falling rates of spoken English.
During Mr. Tudge Keynote address at the Menzies Research Centre in Sydney on “The Integration Challenge: Maintaining successful Australian multiculturalism,” his speech calls for a frank reassessment of the responsibility to integrate on Making Integration Work.
“Integration of migrants has been the secret of Australia’s multicultural success”, Mr. Tudge said. And he added that “Australian multiculturalism is not God-given and cannot be taken for granted. Indeed, there is emerging evidence or early warning signs that they are not integrating as well as what they used to. Also, there are external factors, that weren’t present even a decade ago that make integration more challenging.”
The current policies do not address the challenges defined above. Indeed, there are some formal requirements that urge integration, adoption of Australian values and English proficiency. “This is particularly the case where the concentration of overseas-born in particular suburbs is aligned with a considerable absence of English being spoken or understood,” Mr. Tudge said.
Having poorer English will be hard in getting a good job.
Mr. Tudge also said that in the recent research, migrants who spoke very well in English than those who had poor English were 3.7 times more likely to be employed within 18 months after arrival.
Mr Tudge’s major statement comes just days after Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in a speech at the National Press Club saying “I can assure you that the Government remains committed to reinforcing the importance of English language in the steps to acquire citizenship, and will work on the basis of a new package of measures with the crossbench, flagged at the end of last year”.
The difficulty of English test was reduced by Mr. Dutton after the changes to the Citizenship Bill under the international standard from Band 6 to Band 5 to secure the support of the Senate.