Most Australians believe there’s a lot of racism these days, but experts say recognising discrimination is just the beginning

Mohammad Al-Khafaji came to Australia as a refugee when he was 13 after his family fled Iraq seeking political asylum.

He has spent the majority of his life in this country, so was left frustrated and outraged when a complete stranger followed him out of the terminal at Adelaide airport recently, and yelled: “Go back to where you came from.”

  • Stephanie Dalzell
  • ABC

“It made me feel incredibly angry and upset,” Mr Al-Khafaji said.

“For someone to tell me to go back to where I come from, it’s very insulting but it also puts into question my existence in Australia — it might seem something very basic but it hits hard, it hits to you core.”

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