Imagine you arrived to New Zealand and you arrived at a new school. You're all alone it's lunch time and you don't know anyone at your new school. You go out to lunch you grab your lunch box and grip it tightly in your sweaty hands. You wonder where are all the tables - you realise you have to sit on the damp concrete. Then a group of girls walk past glaring at you and whispering at you. Then you realise it must be because you’re from a different place. Imagine if this happened to you you wouldn't like to be pre-judged just because you're from a different place would you?
New Zealand has a major hidden problem, many migrants don't feel welcome. A way this could be happening is that some people could be getting prejudiced by how they look and talk. 20 people out of 34,540 people felt very dissatisfied with life here in 2008. About 14,000 people were learning how to speak English. When they moved they probably had no idea what we were talking about. Most of the people probably came here because their country was having war, or to see their families, or maybe because they think they will have a happier life here.
Prejudice means to have an opinion on somebody before you meet or know them and have say things about them when they could be really nice.
For an example someone could go up to a tall person and say oh you're tall you must play basketball or a person could go up to a different coloured skin person and ask to play and the other person could say no because you've got different skin to me and you look mean. Some examples that people could get pre-judged are smart, how much money you have, homes, ways someone looks ( size clothes), how they talk, ageism, sexism, their job, cultures and disabilities. A prejudice that a person we interviewed has had, happened to her when she moved here from Iran. When she was at school a little girl came up to her at lunch time and asked her if she had a bomb in her lunch and after that she felt unwelcome. Another thing that had happened is when she was older and she had a job at a cafe she went over to take some people's orders and they asked her where she was from and she said Iran and then the people just looked down like they did not even want to have known her.
Overall I think that being prejudice can be very very very hurtful and harmful especially when it is from you friends or family because the person can be rejected and embarrassed. The effect prejudice can corse is pretty bad but it could also be good because if you say oh you're tall you must play basketball that person may not play basketball but then they might start because of what you said. That was an example of a good kind of prejudice but a bad kind would probably be the one I said earlier on about a black person going up to a white person and asking to play. Some changes that we could do in the future is well probably to stop it happening too much and if that stopped and we could make that happen bye spending more time with people from different countries.
There are many ways to make people feel welcome, even if it’s just a simple smile or just saying hello. We interviewed many immigrants to find out what kind of actions made them feel welcome here in New Zealand.Some common things that connected to each other and that made migrants feel welcome was saying hello, smiling, including, invite them to play, give a tour of the school, a big welcome and take time to talk to them. In the community you could give them free tea or coffee and ask where they are from.
There were some common things that the people said that made them feel alienated in New Zealand. Some things that make migrants feel unwelcome or alienated are ignoring, teasing their accent and pre-judging them by their skin color, clothes or hair color.
Some tips and advice they had to make migrants feel included was
treating immigrants like everyone else
host a welcome party them
include and invite them to something.
Start a comvasashon
For an example we interviewed Mrs K and what made her feel unwelcome was when she was younger at school she went out to lunch and a little girl asked if she had a bomb in her lunch box. But something that made her feel welcome was that she already had family members that lived in in New Zealand.
Overall it is important that we improve the way we make immigrants feel connected with the community because then we could have a happier environment and then we could make immigrants feel more connected to the community.I think we could improve on making immigrants feel more welcome by making 0% people feel dissatisfied in the future.