Friday, 18 September 2015 09:56

Western Sydney ready to welcome refugees but needs support

Media release, 17 September, 2015

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), has called on the State and Federal Governments to increase funding to Western Sydney’s migrant support organisations to assist with the influx of Syrian refugees expected to settle in the region.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said “Western Sydney is ready, willing and able to help support these people as long as the resources are provided for us to undertake this task.”

“Western Sydney region is home to Australia’s largest Syrian communities[i] and we expect that new migrants will feel most at home where they can access culturally sensitive support networks,” he said.

“Western Sydney also has many effective and local organisations that are able to provide essential support for refugees entering Australia. Successful integration depends not only on physical assistance but also on ready access to information and a welcoming environment".

"These support organisations, such as the Migrant Resource Centres (MRC), have the knowledge, skills and established networks to support refugees however, they are mostly run on a non-for-profit or volunteer basis and need further resources to do what they do so well,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“These migrant support organisations provide fantastic services including: multi-lingual information sessions to increase migrant’s knowledge and understanding of services in Australia; referral to housing; legal services; employment and health care programs; as well as community development programs to help build new support networks,” he said.

“Making the transition from war-ravaged homes into a completely new society is not easy. WSROC calls on all levels of Government, and the Western Sydney community to make this transition as easy as possible.

“WSROC looks forward to seeing the outcomes from today’s Refugee Resettlement Advisory Council meeting and will identify opportunities for Local Government to work with State and Federal authorities,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

[i] http://blog.id.com.au/2015/population/australian-demographic-trends/the-syrian-community-in-australia/

 

Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 0425 871 868 or 02 9671 4333, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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