Refugee Week 2020: What's on

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. 

During Refugee Week we: 

• reflect on the needs faced by millions of people forced from their homes 

• come together to celebrate the courage of refugees resettling in Australia 

• recognise the generous acts of welcome displayed to refugees by so many caring Australians 


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Key SSI events for Refugee Week 

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has named is SSI as its key event partner for this year’s virtual Refugee Week. Visit the RCOA page to see more: 

SSI Photo Voices virtual exhibition  

SSI is calling for your photos to celebrate Refugee Week 2020! Anyone can submit a photograph and short caption about what being welcomed means to you for our online exhibition, Connecting through Welcome. Whether it is a picture of a meal, holding hands with a friend, or a showcase of nature, we would like to know where and how you feel welcomed or welcome others. Every eligible entry will be displayed in a virtual exhibitionleading up to and during Refugee Week. Submit your photos here. 

Foundations for Belonging

SSI launches new research for Refugee Week 2020 

An enlightening snapshot of newly arrived refugees 


Events hosted by member and partner organisations 

Success stories

Bright future ahead for new Australian Dana Al Samaan

Dana is a young woman from Syria who came to Australia</p><pOriginally from Syria, Dana came to Australia via Iraq in search of safety.

I was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. Syria is the country where I attended school and university for free, where I enjoyed safety and security, where I learned to communicate and respect others even when we have differences in religion, thought, doctrine or ideology,” she said.

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Quality services and support

SSI is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. We work with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.

SSI draws on its expertise and experience to advocate for the people and communities it serves. Through the work we do, we empower people to change their lives. Through our advocacy and representation, we influence ideas and policy.

Our vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.