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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