Australia is one of the most multicultural nations in the world but the country also has long struggled to shrug off a reputation for being racist.
While some would argue things are getting better and locals are working to treat foreign visitors better, those that spend the longest time there on working holidays would disagree.
Speaking to news.com.au, more than 20 backpackers said they’d all experienced either casual or blatant racism at the hands of Australians.
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More than half of them said tensions had only worsened since the coronavirus crisis hit with Aussies appearing to blame them for taking jobs in an already hard-hit and locked down economy.
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