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Migrant Stories

  • Zhuang family

    James and Lucy's Story

    Occupation:
    Registered Nurses
    Immigrated from:
    People’s Republic of China
    Settled in:
    Portland, Victoria

    "We have a very good life in Victoria with good opportunities. This is the best place for us."

  • Kyle Wright

    Kyle Wright's Story

    Occupation:
    Project Engineer
    Immigrated from:
    UK
    Settled in:
    Melbourne

    “Melbourne is a big city without the hassles. It’s sophisticated, diverse and relaxed – and with a skills shortage in its rail industry it’s a great place to step up your career too.”

  • Dorothy Ugaddan

    Dorothy Ugaddan's Story

    Occupation:
    Life scientist - biotechnology
    Immigrated from:
    The Philippines
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "I like my job and everyone is very supportive. I have flexible work hours and the conditions are good."

  • Marne Estacio

    Marne Estacio's Story

    Occupation:
    Registered Nurse
    Immigrated from:
    The Philippines
    Settled in:
    Mildura, Victoria

    "We are very comfortable here and enjoy the lifestyle in the region. ‘It is a five minute walk to my job, the schools are nearby and everything we need is here."

  • Neil Chadwick

    Neil Chadwick's Story

    Occupation:
    Environmental Health Officer
    Immigrated from:
    United Kingdom
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "My Melbourne friend invited me to his parents’ home for dinner on my first Wednesday here and six years later I’m still there for dinner every Wednesday."

  • Yawen Qin

    Yawen Qin's Story

    Occupation:
    ICT professional
    Immigrated from:
    People’s Republic of China
    Settled in:
    Ararat, Victoria

    "I think the future is very good. If you are prepared to work hard there are many opportunities here and life is easier."

  • Lourdes Serios

    Lourdes Serios's Story

    Occupation:
    Registered Nurse
    Immigrated from:
    Philippines
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "I absolutely love my nursing job. I came as an international student, it was a great opportunity for me. I loved meeting the many students of all different backgrounds and now I love working with my new Southern Health family."

  • Mukul Hatwal

    Mukul Hatwal's Story

    Occupation:
    Strategic Planning Project Manager (Growth Area)
    Immigrated from:
    India
    Settled in:
    Ballarat, Victoria

    "I like challenges so decided to find a place my wife would enjoy, that could benefit my career and give my son more certainty for his future too."

  • Bob Viner

    Bob Viner's Story

    Occupation:
    Carpenter
    Immigrated from:
    United Kingdom
    Settled in:
    Geelong, South West Victoria

    "We wanted a new lease of life, something different. We were living in Hampshire in England and I was travelling to London every day for work - two hours travel each way. Now I travel about 20 minutes and there's no traffic. It's amazing."

  • Richard Downes

    Richard Downes's Story

    Occupation:
    Business Owner
    Immigrated from:
    United Kingdom
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "It was so beautiful. It just felt like home. The attitude to life is different here - it's just as professional as the UK but it's more relaxed in the way people go about things. There's less pretense."