Originally part of the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs, Immigration SA has been instrumental in promoting and maintaining South Australia’s harmonious and socially cohesive society, enriched culturally and economically by its unique multicultural diversity.
As part of Immigration SA’s 20 year celebration we will be highlighting the stories and experiences of some of our migrants who have made the journey from countries and cultures all over the world to settle here in South Australia.
Read their stories below.
Allen and Louis
Both migrating separately from China, Ang Zhong (Allen) and Lu Jiang (Louis) met in South Australia and now work alongside each other in a successful business partnership - the Unity Group. “Adelaide seemed to be a better choice. Everything is clean, much quieter and easy to get around.”
While backpacking around Australia in her 20’s, Alison Yaxley felt a connection with Adelaide. Little did she know she’d later move her family from the UK back to the city that charmed her, and begin a burgeoning career as a University lecturer. “The weather and the cleanliness of the city of Adelaide were a definite draw card for the family was the lifestyle.”
After moving here as a student from China, Nicho Teng fell in love with Adelaide, choosing to stay and build his business here - now a thriving success. “I started my own business, Haneco Lighting, in 2011 and currently employ 70 people.”
Sabika and John
After researching a number of different countries including Denmark and Canada, Sabika Jasmine and John Syed made the move from India to Adelaide for lifestyle and career opportunities. “We love it here! The lifestyle is really good and we enjoy exploring different things each day. The people are very warm, welcoming and helpful.”
Andries and Emmie
When circumstances left Andries and Emmie Wepener re-evaluating their life and opportunities in hometown Johannesburg, they decided to relocate with their two young boys, starting a new life in Adelaide. "Adelaide is such a nice place! We couldn’t be happier. It has everything you could ever want."
After moving from Brazil, as an international student in Sydney Samadhi Thomaz decided to remain in Australia for work, settling in South Australia due to it’s exceptional career opportunities and relaxed city-living lifestyle. Now a citizen, she’s never looked back. “South Australia is safe, clean, cheap and great quality of life. It’s always sunny and beautiful.”
Rena and family
When making the decision to migrate to Australia, Renalyn and her partner saw South Australia as the perfect destination. With a seven-year-old son, they wanted a good range of education options plus ease of access to the city and surrounding suburbs. Ten years on, Rena says her family could not happier and recommends Adelaide for families looking to make a change and enjoy an idyllic lifestyle.
While friends chose to make the move to Sydney or Melbourne, Malaysian student Kimberly Goh says it was Adelaide’s laidback, convenient lifestyle and festival culture she was drawn to. "Adelaide is the ideal city to live. It is much more affordable, everything is accessible and people here are also much more friendly."
Erica and Naji
Originally from Lebanon, Erica and Naji Rizk of The Rustic Fig Cafe say Adelaide’s secret charm and idyllic lifestyle won them over. “We are living in the eastern suburbs of Adelaide and love it. It is so safe, clean and relaxed. We don’t have to worry about the safety of the children”.