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Submission to the Humanitarian Programme 2017-18 discussion paper

Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to put forward our views on the composition of the 2017-18 Humanitarian Programme, as well as initiatives assisting humanitarian entrants to secure stable employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

In our submission we call for a more generous response to the needs of displaced people under an expanded Humanitarian Programme.

We illustrate how the private and community sectors are currently collaborating to assist disadvantaged migrants address barriers to secure employment and call for similar arrangements, tailored to refugees and humanitarian entrants.  We note that successful settlement outcomes depend on adequate support structures being in place, such as stable housing, family networks and English language proficiency.

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