Thursday, 7 July 2016

Case study


Imagine you're in a completely different country from home, and you hear people talking in a different language, and you wonder what it is they are talking about. You feel like everyone is staring at you, as if you are the only one that stands out around the place. You see people trying to catch a glimpse of you, but as soon as you see them trying to look at you they quickly look away. As you walk on you see people on the benches staring at you and whispering at the same time, and you think they are talking about you. You feel discriminated against and not welcome in that place. Imagine that was you in real life. How would you really feel? How can we make migrants feel more welcome?

Prejudice is where you judge someone when you have no experience of that thing. Or it might just not be true. People might judge other people by their lifestyle, their culture, the colour of their skin or if they have a physical disability. For example they might be from China and people judge them because of that. Or if someone has a physical disability people might think that they are annoying or weird. Or the language someone speaks, they could tease their language. Prejudice can be good  and bad. For example, a person with a different skin tone goes up to a person with another different skin colour and asks if they can play with them. The person with the other skin colour says “ no because your skin colour is different from mine, and some people with the same colour skin as you are bad people.” A good prejudice might be “oh. The girl over there looks nice. I might play with them.” - but actually that person might be mean and bossy. Those are examples of what prejudice might be. Don't prejudge anyone because if it's a bad prejudice the person might think that they are bad. Or believe in the prejudice and stop doing things that they like. 

A possible future action to not make people feel prejudiced is to think of the positives of the people that you want  to judge and think before you judge someone. Overall I think the effect on people that you pre judge will make them feel bad inside and feel like they are no use/useful. Or they might stop believing in themselves and believe in the prejudice and stop doing what they like to do. Try not to prejudge anyone because the person that you prejudge might start to think that it's ok to prejudge people and start to judge other people themselves. 

We interviewed two immigrants to find out how they felt when they moved to CHCH. There are many ways you can help migrants feel welcome.  First you could say hi smile at the same time and make eye contact and give your name. Then you could include them to eat and play with you at lunch/break. Maybe you could give them a tour of the school and make a conversation. Maybe after a while you could maybe invite them to join a club. As a community you could also do a tour of the city and maybe do an introduction/official welcome. Also maybe take them to a service that help immigrants if they feel unwelcome. Or maybe they might get free tea or coffee at the airport when they arrive. For example Mr A felt welcome and part of this country because he got free tea at the airport. The effect of these actions could be people thinking that New Zealand is a great place to be. And that's what we want people to think of New Zealand. Overall New Zealand is great at helping migrants feel welcome.

People might feel unwelcome/alienated by people staring at them, whispering about them, pointing, laughing, frowning and also being mean. Then the abusing might get worse. People might tease the migrant about their accent maybe their clothes or their race. People may also point out the immigrants differences and ignore them when they try to talk to someone. As a community people might point, laugh at the immigrant, stare and maybe tease their accent, because people might think it's funny and weird. As a community people might also be scared about their race and try to ignore and move away from the migrant and tease their race. For example Ms K felt unwelcome by someone asking her “do you have a bomb in your lunch box?” The effect for this might be that the person you prejudge/discriminate might to stop thinking that they are a good person and stop believing themselves. Most people that get discriminated against are people from a different race or nationality. 250 people out of 34,540 in NZ felt very dissatisfied.

For tips and advice and tips for how to make migrants feel welcome: first try to treat them like you treat everyone else. Simple as that. Then maybe you could start up a conversation, by saying, hello and ask if they need any help with anything.  Think before you do or say what's on your mind and include people. As a community you could also help them join a community club. Also just simply make a good job to make them feel warm and welcome. The effects in this situation could be that the person that you help out will think that New Zealand is a fantastic and tell other people that don't live in New Zealand. Then those people will want to come to New Zealand.

Changes when it comes to discrimination and prejudice are important because of the effect it can make. To be specific the effect could be that the person that felt discriminated against might start to feel angry and they might start to do bad things and stop believing in themselves .Like I said sometimes at the end of the paragraphs above we want people to come to New Zealand and we also want our country to be a well known place that makes immigrants feel welcome, not unwelcome/alienated. That way we can change how much people feel discriminated against and make the country welcoming to immigrants.



  1. I love it neve it really shows how much we need to make immigrants feel welcome��

  2. I love reading your writing Neve, very thorough and thoughtful piece of writing. MUM x


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