EXTENDED English teaching topped the agenda when Liverpool people met Multicultural Affairs Minister Kate Lundy (pictured) recently.
Congolese, Sudanese, Maltese, Igbo and Moroccan people were among those seeking changes to migration policies.
They all wanted more funding for community workers, especially English teachers.
Congolese community member Theophile Elongo said not all migrants could learn the language in the required hours.
"When people come here they are required 510 hours to learn the English language," he said.
"It's not enough.
"They need to increase these hours."
Senator Lundy said migrants were an important part of Australian society.
"It's important to build social cohesion in the community. Communities work best when they work with each other," she said.
Fowler MP Chris Hayes also attended the meeting at the Liverpool Migrant Resources Centre.