Successful settlement and integration are shared goals of refugees and the communities where they settle. The findings of our research released today highlight the importance of simple everyday encounters and experiences for newly arrived refugees to feel welcome in Australia. We also found refugees’ strong social bonds with family and community do not prevent them developing connections with the broader Australian community.
Here we explore two aspects to refugees’ social connections:
Authors: Shanthi Robertson, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University