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Armidale Regional Council wins human rights award for dedication to refugee settlement

Armidale Regional Council, a key partner in a Settlement Services International (SSI) program to relocate Ezidi refugees from Syria and northern Iraq, has won the Government Award in the 2019 Human Rights Awards, presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney on December 13.

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Response to Shergold refugee settlement review*

Leading agency calls for immediate action

* Investing in Refugees, Investing in Australia: the findings of a Review into Integration, Employment and Settlement Outcomes for Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants in Australia.

Settlement Services International (SSI), one of Australia’s largest refugee settlement agencies, calls for three immediate actions in response to today’s report, citing employment and community models in their Regional Settlement Strategy as key to future success.

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ARIA-nominated hip hop artist joins global talent line-up at New Beginnings Festival

L-Fresh the Lion to perform as part of leading arts and culture festival’s fifth-anniversary celebrations

The annual arts and culture festival that showcases Australia’s leading talent from refugee and migrant backgrounds has announced its most eclectic and renowned program to date. 

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Inner Sydney’s first low-cost grocer lightens the load for people doing it tough

Sydney’s ongoing housing affordability crisis and high living costs have hit low-income groups particularly hard, leading an innovative social enterprise to open up in an inner Sydney suburb with high homelessness rates.

Not-for-profit Settlement Services International (SSI) has partnered with Mission Australia to open The Staples Bag Camperdown – inner Sydney’s first low-cost grocer that provides high-quality nutritious food staples, while also saving an average of two tonnes of food from landfill every week.

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Multilingual hub breaks down language barriers for people with disability

People born in a non-English speaking country have similar rates of disability as other Australians but are about half as likely to receive formal assistance.

Settlement Services International (SSI) has drawn on its expertise in working with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to address the need for culturally competent entry points to the disability service system to help marginalised groups gain access.

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Ignite helps Saman Khaladj Iranian refugee forge new career path

Saman Khaladj launched his own business with the support of the SSI Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative. Arriving in Australia in 2013 marked the beginning of a new life and career for 49-year-old Saman Khaladj.

 

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