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Submission to the inquiry into regional development and decentralisation

In this submission, we argue that the movement of refugees to regional areas can sustain and grow the population base, bring about economic opportunities, grow and diversify the regional economy and employment base, and create more vibrant and cohesive communities. Importantly, we argue that the Australian Government should consider not only the challenges faced by refugees directly resettled in regional areas (primary resettlement), but needs to offer greater and more targeted support to those who move to regional towns after living in metropolitan areas, as well as to the communities that receive and welcome these groups.
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Regional settlement

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.
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The strength within: The role of refugee community organisations in settlement (full report)

This discussion paper (in full) provides an overview of some of the roles and challenges faced by some of these organisations in supporting the settlement of newer members of refugee communities. It highlights that a strengths-based approach to assisting refugees to resettle must not only focus on individual and family resilience and strengths but also the strengths and resilience within refugee communities.
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The strength within: The role of refugee community organisations in settlement

This discussion paper provides an overview of some of the roles and challenges faced by some of these organisations in supporting the settlement of newer members of refugee communities. It highlights that a strengths-based approach to assisting refugees to resettle must not only focus on individual and family resilience and strengths but also the strengths and resilience within refugee communities.
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