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.