Access is thrilled to be involved in a global study that will track the experiences of refugees from the Syrian conflict as they seek to rebuild their lives in Australia and six other countries, over the next three years. The study will be led by professors from The University of Technology Sydney, Western Sydney University and The University of Sydney who will collaborate with settlement sector partners Access, MDA, Ames and SSI.

The project will highlight best practices in refugee support around the world so that they can be applied to policy and programs internationally. The project will focus on 250 families in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, interviewing annually for three years after arrival. Their social, educational and employment experiences will be compared with those of refugee families in Canada, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the UK, with the hope that this research will improve employment, education and settlement outcomes for refugees from the Syrian conflict and for other refugees in the future.