Australian Embassy
Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia

Turkish migration to Australia

A U S T R A L I A N E M B A S S Y A N K A R A
PRESS RELEASE

16 April 2008

WE CAME AS WORKERS – WE STAYED AS CITIZENS
Celebrating 40 years of Turkish migration to Australia

The Australian Embassy in Ankara is launching an exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Turkish migration to Australia.

On 5 October 1967, the Australian and Turkish governments signed an agreement that led to the first assisted migration of people from Turkey to live and work in Australia.

This exhibition highlights the history and development of Australia's Turkish community over the past four decades.

While many Turkish immigrants arrived in Australia intending to stay a few years, almost all changed their minds and chose to remain and become Australians. Today there are around 60,000 Turkish-Australians living in Australia.

The exhibition explores the challenges faced by early Turkish immigrants as they built a new life in Australia and celebrates their successes and contributions to Australia's multicultural community.

Australians are culturally diverse mix. Today, almost one in four Australian, of a population of 21 million, were born overseas. Australia values and respects cultural diversity. There are few countries in the world where migrants have achieved the level of economic, political, social and cultural participation that they have in Australia.

This is a travelling exhibition developed by the Turkish 40th Anniversary Committee, Victoria, Australia in partnership with the Immigration Museum, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

This exhibition has been generously supported by Nu-Door Pty.Ltd, Sleepcraft Distributors Pty. Ltd, AGP Australia Pty.Ltd, Komtel Business Solutions, Incremental Petroleum Limited/Petroleum Exploration Mediterranean Int Pty. Ltd (PEMI), Ankara Greater City Municipality and Beşiktaş Municipality. Our media sponsors are Today’s Zaman and Radio ODTU.

EXHIBITION DETAILS
Ankara
Opening Reception: 12 May 2008
The exhibition can be viewed between 10 am- 6 pm from Monday, 12 May until Tuesday 20 May including Saturday and Sunday.

Venue: Büyükşehir Belediyesi
Zafer Çarşısı Güzel Sanatlar Galerisi Kızılay-Ankara

İstanbul
Opening Reception: 9 June 2008
The exhibition can be viewed between 9 am-6 pm from Monday, 9 June until Sunday, 22 June including Saturday and Sunday.
Venue: Akatlar Kültür Merkezi,
Zeytinoğlu Cad. No. 16
Akatlar İstanbul

For further information you can contact with Elif Barutcuoglu-Wade from the Australian Embassy, Ankara on 0312-459 9504 or 0532 2166256, or Elif Asmali from the Australian Embassy, Ankara on 0312-459 9567 or 05359834910.