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I work for a world wide company based out of Germany. I was recently asked if I would take an assignment in Australia for 6 months for my job. I have read many bad things about the racism in Australia towards people of color. Especially the aboriginal people. In the United States we have many freedoms here and don't have those types of racial issues. I want to know how I can expect to be treated in Australia?

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    Oh god, you really do have those racial issues in America very badly, where have you been burying your head? Anyway, like anywhere it depends on where you are in the country. In some rural towns you might be treated badly, but I can't even tell you what percentage (small towns any where can be closed minded and you wouldn't have more problems here in small towns than in small towns in the US, probably less, even). I don't think you would necessarily have to be worried, so my advice for small towns is maybe just to read up on whichever one you might have to go to if you have to go to one at all. towns with a lot of tourist foot traffic should be ok especially.
    Now for the good news! In cities, I really cant imagine it being much of an issue more than any other generally accepting city in the western world (especially cities like Melbourne here are very friendly) of course, racism still exists and I have trouble gauging how much you would experience on a personal level, but a lot of our cities are very multicultural and accepting and people generally shouldn't treat you any different because of where your ancestors come from. if they do, theyre just a$$hles. And I can say I dont think you'd need to fear for your safety at all. You'd have the same freedoms here as in the US, however, the same as in the US I cant speak for individuals. If you think Australia might be interesting I definitely think you should take up the offer, I think you'd have a good time!
    -Aussie, in Australia

    TLDR; same as US. less guns. dont worry too much, especially if you'll be in a city. over 2 years ago

    Answered by Louse via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Also I've only been using this site for 2 mins or something, but you might want to post this in the Australia section of the forums. over 2 years ago

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    I agree with Louise. I'm from Melbourne originally and it's a huge mix of different cultures and the like. I live in the smaller city of Canberra now and we similarly have a large mix of different people and I've never seen any racial issues (although I cannot speak to whether there are any as I haven't lived here as long).
    As Louise said, if you're moving to a small town and you're really worried (although I can't imagine it would be dissimilar to the US), look up information on the place and have a chat to other colleagues who have lived there.
    Otherwise if it's a city, you will have no problemos. over 2 years ago

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    Should not be any problem! over 2 years ago

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    Australia is less racist than the USA. I have spend time in both places. I am anglo but look very hispancic and get treated quite badly sometimes in the USA but in Australia i have no problems. It doesn't matter what color you are especially in the big cities.

    I live now in a tiny small coastal town in Australia and all you need to do is smile & be polite and you will not experience racism over 2 years ago

    Answered by karen via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I can't see that you'll have any big issues. If you're coming from the US you'll notice that we Aussies are very friendly, and will help you if you are not rude nor overbearing. Racism occurs in all countries and it is more to do with the person, not the location. I spent 10 years in your country and saw racism, but that doesn't make me tag everyone there as a racist. Have a good time here. We don't bite. :) over 2 years ago

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    Only bad things are made public - we have very few ignorant racist people here the majority are accepting of everyone. Australia is full of great people and very multicultural. I went to the US recently thinking I may get mugged or shot because we only here about the violence over there but I found people very polite and friendly. I loved America just the way you will love Australia I am sure. Have fun, don't stress! over 2 years ago

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