New Zealand has a secret problem - immigrants don't feel welcome. One in ten people in New Zealand feel discriminated against. The most common way people are discriminated against is by their race. An estimated 85,200 New Zealanders reporting these findings on racial discrimination in the workplace. What can we do to stop spreading these prejudices?
Prejudice is judging someone before your know them, like you're tall you must play basketball. It's having an opinion about someone that you don't know.There is lots of different prejudice like gender. People are prejudiced about gender eg people who say “you run like a girl”, “you scream like a girl” - that's what some boys say.
“When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realise that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget that all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and others lives.”
Mrs B came in and we ask her questions about prejudice and if others have been prejudiced towards her. She said yes and shared a backstory: when she moved from Iran to New Zealand someone said “is there a bomb in your lunch box?”. We need to stop spreading these ideas by telling kids and adults it is mean and will effect the community.
We interviewed many Immigrants to find out what actions made them feel welcome. We found out that at first people felt welcome when others smile, say hello or just plain talking to them and soon they feel welcome. For example Mrs B said she felt welcome and that overall New Zealand is a very good country.
What makes Immigrants feel excluded or alienated? 250 people felt dissatisfied and 20 felt very dissatisfied with life in NZ. We need to find out why people feel dissatisfied with our country. Immigrants can feel alienated because people are pointing at them and treating them differently. To make them feel included we need to do this:
Smile at them
Make a conversation
Treat them the same way
Ask them about themselves
It is important to improve the way we treat immigrants to make them more included to the community because we would be in a happier environment and we would decrease the statistics so 0% immigrants feel discriminated against.