Submission to the inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes

Publication date: 19 February 2017

Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes.

In our submission, we call on the Australian Government to:

  • ensure programs and policies affecting newly arrived migrants recognise the significant impact that migration and pre-arrival experiences have on individuals’ settlement outcomes
  • recognise that settlement is a lifelong endeavour and fund flexible approaches towards supporting migrants
  • commit to place-based initiatives that address entrenched disadvantage, prevent social exclusion and help migrants build social connections, and
  • adopt a community development and capacity building approach, using restorative justice practices and intensive interventions where necessary, to strengthen social cohesion for migrants engaging in anti-social behaviour.

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