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The Hon. Philip Ruddock MR . Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Telephone: (02) 6277 7860 Facsimile: (02) 6273 4144


Leading English language and settlement experts from around the world will gather in Melbourne next week for a major international conference "The AMEP: 50 Years o f Nation Building". k

The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Philip Ruddock, said the conference is the culmination of a year of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), one of Australia’s key migrant settlement schemes.

"Since it began h 1948, the AMEP has helped about one and a half million of Australia's new arrivals to learn English and settle into their adopted country.

“The conference_will showcase the important contribution the program is making to our nation-building through the successful settlement of non-English speaking migrants and refugees”.

The conference, convened by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, will be opened by His Excellency, the Governor-General, the Honourable Sir William Deane AC, KBE.

Internationally respected experts from the United Nations, the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service and Universities in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam will address the conference. They will be joined by eminent Australian English language and settlement experts.

Speakers will include:

• His Excellency, the Governor-General, the Honourable Sir William Deane AC, KBE.

• Mr Philip Ruddock, Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs • Brunson McKinley, Director-General, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Geneva • Mr Phil Honeywood, Victorian Minister for Tertiary Education and Training

When: 1.30pm Wednesday 10 February to

12.00 noon Friday 12 February 1998

Venue:_ Melbourne Convention Centre

ENDS Monday, 8 February 1999

Media Inquiries: Brad Robinson (02) 6277 7860 or 0419 278 715 Fcr more Information, visit the AMEP 50th Anniversary Website: