The City of Yarra is an inner metropolitan municipality that is home to a diverse community of about 100,000 people. Yarra’s 19.5 square kilometres include the suburbs of Abbotsford, Burnley, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Cremorne, Fitzroy, North Carlton, North Fitzroy, and Princes Hill, and Richmond. Parts of Alphington and Fairfield -south of Heidelberg Road -are also included in Yarra. Approximately 29% of Yarra residents were born overseas (2016census)and have come to Yarra from more than140 countries. The most common overseas birthplaces include Vietnam, China, Greece, and Italy. Yarra provides support to people seeking asylum in various ways. Yarra’s Multicultural Partnerships Plan 2019-2023aims to ensure Council is accountable to its culturally diverse community, providing services that are accessible and as culturally relevant as possible. It provides a blueprint for staff that supports best practice delivery of services to residents, businesses, and visitors to Yarra, and recognises the contribution of refugees and asylum seekers to our municipality.
Programs and services that welcome refugees and people seeking asylum to City of Yarra
- Recognises and welcomes all people who have arrived on humanitarian visas, people seeking asylum and those who come from refugee backgrounds who arrive on other visa types, including family migration and skilled migration.
- Recognises the United Nations definition of a person seeking asylum as an individual seeking international protection but whose claim has not been fully decided yet.
- Recognises the journey of people seeking asylum who are often fleeing from war and human rights violations. They have often experienced trauma and persecution and should be treated with dignity and compassion, while acknowledging these people also have strengths, which have contributed to their survival and resilience.
- Will provide opportunities for refugees and people seeking asylum to actively participate and contribute tocommunity life.
- Will actively advocate for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum to be free from hardship and enable them to actively participate in this community, while also challenging discriminatory beliefs and policies.
- Will celebrate and acknowledge the contributions refugees and people seeking asylum have made to Yarra and continue to do so, recognising these communities have inherent strengths and resilience.
- projects which support refugees and people seeking asylum;
- community events to celebrate diverse cultural traditions, and which also include the wider community;
- building the capacity and leadership skills of refugees and people seeking asylum; and
- supporting partnerships between local community groups and service providers to enhance support for refugees and people seeking asylum.
- Mayoral Taskforce Supporting People Seeking Asylum
- Neighbourhood Houses
- Bicultural Liaison Officer Program