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SSI experience, backed by numerous research studies, shows that refugees and migrants bring a wealth of skills and experiences to Australia, contributing to the communities in which they live.


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There are, however, significant and unique challenges faced by many throughout their settlement experience.

"Cultural Shift: From Settlement to Belonging" is a cross-sector conference that will explore and discuss innovation, best practice and challenges in creating optimal settlement conditions and fostering a sense of belonging that is so vital to the wellbeing of migrants and refugees as they adjust to life in Australia.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said that this exciting event — which builds on the highly successful Cultural Shift Symposium in 2014 — is a conversation that needed to be ongoing.

"Since the last conference in 2014 there have been more than 100,000 people who have come to live NSW, including the extra cohort of refugee arrivals from Syria and Iraq," Ms Roumeliotis said.

"SSI is proud to host Cultural Shift 2017 and to bring together leaders, experts, decision makers, community members and professionals from diverse sectors and backgrounds to make sure the settlement sector continues to evolve, adapt and fulfil its duty to help ensure successful settlement."

Cultural Shift: From Settlement to Belonging will be held August 10-11, 2017, at the Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park.

The conference website is live and a call for abstracts is now open if you’d like to make a short presentation during the concurrent breakout sessions.

Please visit the website to register your interest in the conference or to submit an abstract.

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Success stories

Refugee turned citizen feels privileged to have a say

Paz Roman smiling to camera.At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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