Oct 2018 | Racism part of migrant poverty: ACOSS

Date: 16 Oct 2018

Source: SBS

Discrimination is contributing to the poverty being experienced by some Australians who were born elsewhere, according to a social services boss.

New research has found Australians born in countries where English is not the first language are at a higher risk of living in poverty.

About 17 per cent of such Australians are living below the poverty line, compared to 13.2 per cent of the overall population, the report from the Australian Council of Social Service and University of NSW shows.

ACOSS chief executive Dr Cassandra Goldie has told the National Press Club in Canberra that is partly to be expected.

"Some of that you may expect, because you know that you will have to improve some of your English ability in order to apply for certain kinds of jobs," she said on Tuesday.

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