Share your welcome story

Refugee Council of Australia is once again coordinating Refugee Week, and the theme for 2020 is ‘Year of Welcome’.

Refugee Council of Australia is once again coordinating Refugee Week, and the theme for 2020 is ‘Year of Welcome’.

Access has been welcoming refugees for over 30 years – our founding members were some of the first to welcome, support and celebrate the contribution that refugees make to our community.

We are proud to be examples of ‘welcome’ and contribute to the education and change in perception of refugees in Australia. Welcoming people can inspire change – and welcome starts with us!

To help celebrate and support Refugee Week 2020, and in conjunction with our parent organisation Settlement Services International, we are calling on the Queensland community to tell us how you have felt welcomed, or how you have welcomed others, by sending us a short description and photo of yourself.

These submissions will then be considered for inclusion in a digital display to be showcased on SSI’s website throughout Refugee Week 2020. Email us enquiries@acsl.org.au

We can’t wait to share your stories.

Foundations for Belonging: A snapshot of newly arrived refugees

We are proud to be supporting Settlement Services International (SSI) in their launch of their latest research, Foundations for Belonging: A snapshot of newly arrived refugees.

The research was produced by SSI and the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.

The study shines a light on the social and civic dimensions of integration: social bonds, social bridges, social links and rights and responsibilities.

The research examines these dimensions from the perspectives of refugees themselves and their everyday experiences of welcome, participation and belonging in the early stages of settlement.

It points to a series of actions that governments, policymakers, service providers and civil society can pursue to strengthen their contribution to settlement and integration.

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