The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council has welcomed the release of a report that tracks the experience and contributions of newly arrived refugees in Australia.
The report, Foundations for Belonging 2021, Insights on Newly Arrived Refugees: Women and Digital Inclusion, was conducted by Settlement Services International and Western Sydney University’s Institute for Culture and Society.
St Vincent de Paul national president Claire Victory said refugees have contributed in immeasurable terms to the social and cultural fabric of Australia for decades.
She said the report reflects the evolving policy, practice and evidence base for refugee settlement in Australia, and further emphasises the benefits of accepting refugees into our communities.
“The study, which adds to the existing evidence base by highlighting the crucial role of social connections and rights and responsibilities in settlement, integration and belonging, is very welcome, especially at a time when our borders are not as welcoming as they once were. The focus on the strengths and contributions of refugees is timely,” Ms Victory said.
The report presents findings from a second wave of research carried out with newly arrived refugees in Australia. The data was collected as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted communities in Australia and around the world.
During this period digital technologies became even more important in daily life, work and study. Consequently, this second wave provides insights on digital inclusion among newly arrived refugees in Australia.
Vinnies welcomes report on refugee experiences (St Vincent de Paul Society)