Soccer helps migrants adjust to Australia

Being part of a soccer club helps migrants adjust to life in Australia, recent research has found.

Soccer clubs provided migrants with opportunities to learn English, socialise and find employment.

The research found that recent migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East found the same benefits from soccer that European migrants did when they arrived in Australia after the Second World War.

In interviews with first-generation migrants, 44% said that being a part of a soccer club helped them adjust to life in Australia.

The research suggests immigration policy makers could consider sport as a way to help new migrants make the transition.

Read more at University of Adelaide