Like most Australians, most people in need of protection live in the capital cities. However, hundreds are settled each year in regional cities and towns. Others choose to move to regional areas in search of work after first living in the cities.
There are opportunities and challenges for these people in regional towns. It is often easier for them to meet and be part of the wider community than in cities. However, specialist support services for refugees and transport options are generally much more limited. As well, there is much less support from people of the same language and cultural background. Depending on the location, it can also be hard to find employment.