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People seeking asylum and refugees living in Australia gain skills in hospitality (Photo courtesy of Ravi Prasad)

What are the issues that people from a refugee background, or seeking protection, face when they live in Australia? Settling into a foreign country has its challenges, some of which are particularly difficult for people in these circumstances. Yet many refugees living in Australia learn to adapt and even flourish.

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Australia’s Hidden Homeless

Australia’s hidden homeless

The Hotham Mission’s Asylum Seeker Project (ASP) provides housing and support to asylum seekers in Victoria. In 2010, they released a report outlining the challenges faced by agencies housing people seeking asylum. The report included 11 recommendations to the Government, along with a proposed model for combating homelessness.
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Building A New Life In Australia, Three Years In

Building a new life in Australia, three years in

What is life like for refugees settling in Australia? In this important report from the Building a New Life in Australia study, we find out how people are doing, three years in. We find out what has worked, what hasn't, and how settlement policy and services could improve.
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Mapping Social Cohesion Survey 2017

Mapping Social Cohesion Survey 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, Professor Andrew Markus and Monash University published the results of the tenth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey. In analysing the overall ability of Australia to maintain a socially cohesive society, Markus concludes that the findings demonstrate the weakening resilience of the Australian community. The survey shows that a question mark remains regarding our ability to sustain success as a cohesive population.
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FutureAbility Project Report 2016: Multicultural Communities Getting NDIS-ready

FutureAbility Project Report 2016: Multicultural communities getting NDIS-ready

Settlement Services International (SSI) have developed a project to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities get access to disability services. The project is called FutureAbility, and is funded by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). In 2016, SSI released a report summarising the process and findings of the project’s first four phases.
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