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Migrant Stories

  • Lu Hong

    Lu Hong's Story

    Occupation:
    Business owner - wine exports
    Immigrated from:
    China
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    “Life in Melbourne gives me more free time and I exercise, travel with my children to the beach and the hot springs, and also go to theatre in the art precinct to watch concerts.”

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • Lakshman Ratnayake

    Lakshman Ratnayake's Story

    Occupation:
    Business Owner
    Immigrated from:
    Sri Lanka
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "It's welcoming, peaceful and multicultural with so much to offer in the way of work and business opportunities."

  • Ian Seini

    Ian Seini's Story

    Occupation:
    ICT Professional
    Immigrated from:
    South Africa
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "We’ve got everything you’d ever want here. It’s safe for the kids, there’s good education and jobs and lots to do together as a family."

  • Rachel and Semir

    Rachel and Semir Mustovic's Story

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

    "Rachel had spent six years in Africa including two years teaching in Tanzania. In the long-term we couldn't see ourselves having a family or the lifestyle we wanted in the UK because we are both very outdoor people."

  • Laura-Lee Innes

    Laura-lee Innes's Story

    Occupation:
    Chemical Engineer
    Immigrated from:
    Canada
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "There's so much on, whether it's music, theatre or sports. Pretty much every day there's something happening if you want to go to it."

  • Iris Liao

    Iris Liao's Story

    Occupation:
    Business Owner
    Immigrated from:
    China
    Settled in:
    Melbourne, Victoria

    "Everybody says Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world and we wanted to see it for ourselves. One of the main reasons we chose Melbourne was for our daughter because we felt the education system was very attractive with many good universities."