A group of migrants arrive by bus at the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre. As they disembark and collect their luggage, a female voice-over explains they have come from many countries across Europe. The centre functions as a temporary place for migrants to stay until they can secure jobs and permanent accommodation. Some of the families are shown to their housing quarters by centre officers. Inside one of the housing quarters, two young boys play in their room.
Outside, three young siblings – Maret, Juri and Yanni – explore the grounds of the centre and the countryside. They walk up to a policeman who shows them where to go. The three children happily skip off in that direction.
This clip presents an idyllic view of the expansive grounds of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre. The music, calm voice-over and the experiences of the film’s main protagonists – the three blonde siblings – depict the centre as welcoming, comfortable and well serviced. This film had the cooperation of the Department of Immigration and was probably used to promote the work of the department in helping newly-arrived migrants adjust to a new life in an unfamiliar country.