The City of Ryde declared itself a Refugee Welcome Zone in April 2013 and is proud of its status as one of the State’s most culturally diverse communities, with more than 110 different nationalities living in Ryde.
Currently more than one third of Ryde’s population of 105,000 comes from countries where English is not the first language and 42% speak a language other than English at home.
City of Ryde assistance services for migrants and refugees include a Welcome Guide for Asylum Seekers and Refugees that is printed in English, Farsi, Arabic and Tamil. The Welcome Guide is the result of a partnership with the Intercultural Network Ryde Area. See the Guide here.
The 27-page Welcome Guide is designed to help asylum seekers and refugees enjoy and participate in what the City of Ryde has to offer. It will also act as a guide for community service providers to access information and contacts for newly arrived clients.
The Guide includes sections on:
- Community and information centres
- Free services
- Finding a home
- Language assistance
- Meeting new people
- Where to seek help
- Health and well-being
- Places of worship
The City of Ryde has also developed a close partnerships with the Migrant Resource Centre and other agencies to develop the infrastructure and capacity to welcome migrants and refugees to our community.