Refugee Week 2016

Refugee week is an annual week-long celebration of the positive contributions of refugees to Australian society.  Hundreds of events are held up and down the country, including concerts, fundraisers, film screenings and more.

Refugee Week 2016: making a difference:

When they come to Australia most refugees and asylum seekers bring with them skills, strengths, and hope for a better future. Here are some stories of refugees making a difference in their community-and some easy ways you can make a difference too.

Refugee Week is an annual celebration of the diversity and positive contribution that refugees and asylum seekers bring to their communities in Australia and coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).

We all have a contribution to make and this year we’re celebrating the many ways refugees and asylum seekers are making a difference in their communities as leaders, volunteers and contributors.

Make a difference: 5 ways you can help refugees in your community

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. Here are five easy things you can do to make your local community an even more welcoming, more supportive and more inclusive place to live.

Did you know?

  • More than half of us were born overseas, or one of our parents was.
  • One in five of us speak a language other than English at home.
  • We practise over 120 different religions.

Most of us agree that our cultural diversity makes Australia a better place to live and that we want to learn about our multicultural communities.

So to help make our communities stronger and more connected, here are five easy things you can do to make a difference in your local community-we’re sure you can think of others, too!

1. Get informed

Help dispel myths and misunderstandings about asylum seekers and refugees – take a look at these 13 facts about refugees and asylum seekers.

There are also plenty of ways you can learn more. The following organisations have some great resources:

2. Invite a guest speaker

Suggest that your school or community group learns more by inviting a refugee or migrant to share their story. Hearing first hand about migration experiences can help break down barriers and build understanding.

In many states, Red Cross can help connect you with local community organisations, speakers and resources.

3. Workplace mentoring

Consider whether your workplace could offer mentoring or volunteer opportunities to people from refugee or migrant backgrounds who need support entering the workforce. Red Cross can link you to local organisations that can help you find the right people and make a real difference to someone’s future.

4. Invest in a young person's future

Encourage your school or university to help someone from a refugee or migrant background who wants to continue learning but has limited financial support. This could cover tuition, fees, uniforms, or books.

Red Cross is just one of many organisations in the community working to support asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants. If you want to make a positive difference, get in touch with us or a local organisation to find out how you can share your skills.

Find out more about volunteering with Red Cross.


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