Sense of Belonging Among Multilingual Audiences in Australia

Sora Park, Kieran Mcguinness, Jee Young LEE, Rebecca Griffiths, Thu Nguyen

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Multilingual audiences have a greater sense of belonging
to Australian society than to their language/cultural or
local community; 73% said they feel at home in Australia,
59% in their language/cultural community and 62% in the
local community. About half (47%) believed they could
influence Australian society, but fewer felt they have
influence over their language/cultural (41%) and local
communities (35%). While they are more likely to feel
at home and have their needs met, they are less likely to
feel a shared emotional attachment or have confidence in
making an impact.
Multilingual audiences’ sense of belonging increases
with time spent in Australia and their level of English
proficiency. Migrants who lived in Australia for more
than 10 years were much more likely to feel at home
in Australia (76%), compared to people who had been
here less than 5 years (64%). Those who have higher
confidence in English (83%) also tend to feel more at
home than those with lower confidence (64%). This is
reflected in the different levels of belonging among the
five language communities; Arabic and Italian speakers
were the more likely to say they belong compared to
Cantonese and Mandarin speakers
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages48
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023


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