Everyday Reality: Racism and Young People

Despite the diversity of the Victorian community, racism is an everyday reality for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Against this backdrop, debate about our cultural diversity has in recent years become increasingly politicised and conflicted nationally. While research on racism and youth wellbeing in Australia remains limited, it is clear that young people experience racism as a significant issue in a range of contexts. This paper explores how racism manifests itself in variety of ways in the lives of young people; and recommends a series of actions for the Victorian Government to take to combat racism experienced by migrant and refugee young people in Victoria.