Media Releases

SSI statement on the bombings in Sri Lanka

Settlement Services International is shocked and saddened by the horrific attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.

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SSI and Allianz announce scholarships for refugee education in NSW

Thirty-five people from a refugee background, needing financial assistance for their education or attaining local recognition for their qualifications, will get the support they need as part of the Settlement Services International (SSI) and Allianz Australia 2019 Refugee Scholarships.

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Settlement Services International’s (SSI) statement on Christchurch mosque massacre

It is with heavy hearts we hear of the unprecedented violence that was bestowed on our New Zealand neighbours last night.

Settlement Services International (SSI) together with Access Community Services, Queensland, expresses our sympathy and support to the victims and families of the shootings at the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood mosque nearby. Our thoughts are with all people of New Zealand at this time.

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Free exhibition showcases work by refugee artists

Two exhibitions by refugee artists opening in Auburn this month — Fragments of Iran and ANA/MAN/MA — will showcase a range of diverse artworks that speak to the themes of resilience, humanity and dignity.

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Domestic violence funding must accommodate migrant and refugee women

NSW Labor’s pledge of $158 million for frontline domestic violence services is a step in the right direction but risks leaving refugee and migrant women in the cold, according to a community organisation that supports newcomers to Australia.

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Most vulnerable domestic violence victims falling through the gaps

Investment in accommodation alone is not sufficient to help women who are new to Australia safely escape domestic and family violence, according to a community organisation that supports refugees and other newcomers to Australia.

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SSI funds seven more projects to support refugee communities

Seven projects supporting refugee communities in south-west Sydney have received a boost from not-for-profit Settlement Services International’s (SSI) $50,000 Community Innovation Fund.

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SSI calls for Thai authorities to release Bahraini refugee

Settlement Services International joins refugee and human rights advocates, football associations and concerned citizens around the world in calling for Thai authorities to immediately release Bahraini refugee Hakeem Ali al-Araibi and allow him to return to Australia.

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Why Australia must adopt the Global Compact on Migration

A public letter to our parliamentarians

Settlement Services International is among 34 organisations, including civic society peak bodies, international NGOs, community groups and faith-based organisations, signing a public letter calling on the Federal Government to adopt the Global Compact on Migration (GCM).

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SSI calls on government to help secure safety of Hazaras

Settlement Services International (SSI) joins the Refugee Council of Australia and the 50,000-strong Hazara community in Australia in calling on the Australian Government to act quickly before the Taliban commits more atrocities and displaces more Hazara men, women and children in Afghanistan.

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Population Review needs to be balanced and sensitive to community cohesion

Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of an expert panel to develop a population policy for NSW, especially if it brings balance, fact and data on Australia’s migration program and ensures Australia’s successful multicultural social fabric and community cohesion are not undermined.

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Shergold to take an evidence-based approach to NSW population policy

Western Sydney University Chancellor Professor Peter Shergold, who was announced on NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian’s three-member panel to develop a NSW population policy, addressed a global delegation at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney yesterday.

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Migrants wrongly blamed for infrastructure woes

Acclaimed social researcher Professor Stephen Castles says migrants are being used as scapegoats by politicians as they exploit their constituents’ increased feeling of vulnerability and frustration with infrastructure.

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Groundbreaking music initiative turns the spotlight on diverse female artists

Settlement Services International launches partnership with Australian Women in Music Awards

Settlement Services International (SSI) has partnered with Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA) to turn the spotlight on culturally diverse female artists and music practitioners through the SSI Diversity in Music Award.

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SSI welcomes public discussion about population policy and immigration

Settlement Services International (SSI) welcomes the opportunity for a broader conversation about population policy in Australia that has been recently provided by political commentary and by media coverage of Australia’s immigration figures and rising population.

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South West Sydney businesses model inclusion for all

The Zero Barriers Business Excellence Awards held Wednesday July 25 at the Bankstown Learning and Knowledge Centre celebrated businesses and organisations across South West Sydney working to make their practices more inclusive for people with disabilities.

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