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Australian Tatars Mark 60th Anniversary Of First Immigrants

Tatar children dance at a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Tatar immigration to Australia in Adelaide.
ADELAIDE, Australia -- Ethnic Tatars living in Australia marked the 60th anniversary of their immigration to Australia this week with a series of events, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.

The majority of the estimated 500 Tatar-Australians are concentrated in Adelaide, South Australia, where they came to settle after World War II.

Special events were held by Tatar organizations in Adelaide to mark the anniversary. Michael Atkinson, South Australia's minister for multicultural
affairs, attended events along with other local officials.

Tatars also have a cultural center in Adelaide where children can study the Tatar language and culture.