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From the CEO: Unleashing the economic potential of refugees and migrants

Last week, I met Mohsen – a highly educated mortgage broker with extensive experience in banking. Mohsen’s journey to owning his own brokerage is far from typical. Born in Iran, he was forced to seek safety in Australia, where he had to begin his career again, initially struggling to find work due to limited English language proficiency, visa status, and lack of local networks.

Network delivers for refugees and migrants making their home in NSW

The NSW Settlement Partnership, a dynamic network of leading organisations led by Settlement Services International (SSI), is celebrating seven years of supporting refugees and migrants to settle in Australia.

Settlement Services International (SSI) and Australian National Maritime Museum sign MOU to strengthen support for new migrants to Australia

Two organisations deeply involved in migration to Australia have today signed an MOU to develop programs and initiatives to support new migrants.

Refugees and migrants in the LGBTIQ community supported through powerful storytelling

SSI Arts & Culture have collaborated with PYT Fairfield to present a special work-in-progress showing of ‘Carpet Stories,’ a multidisciplinary theatre performance that facilitates creative conversations within Sydney’s multicultural LGBTIQ community.

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.

Migrants more likely to start businesses, lodge patents, and win Nobel Prizes and Academy Awards

The evidence of the benefits of migration is disconnected from public perception, say migration leaders at an international conference in Sydney this week.

SSI Speakers’ Series explores rights at work for migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum

Recent media reports have highlighted migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum as highly vulnerable at work. Accounts of low-paid work, unpaid wages, unsafe work conditions, exploitation and abuse are not uncommon. 

Partnership gives migrants access to legal services

March 5, 2013 For the first time in Australia, through a collaboration between Legal Aid NSW and Settlement Services International (SSI), people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds will be connected to accessible legal services.

Migration reform is critical to address Australia’s future challenges

Reforms announced yesterday could bring Australia closer towards realising a migration program that meets the needs of industry, employers and migrants alike, while retaining our reputation as a destination of choice, according to leading non-profit organisation Settlement Services International (SSI).

New report signals fundamental reforms, a return to a fairer and more equitable employment support system 

Wide-ranging ranging reforms put forward by a major inquiry into the Federal Government’s system to support disadvantaged jobseekers would create a more equitable system that delivers specialist support and better employment outcomes for migrant and refugees, according to non-profit SSI, which provides employment support to jobseekers across NSW, Queensland and Victoria. 

New guide offers solutions to tech talent gap

Report finds recognising refugees’ and migrants’ skills would boost economy.

Supporting young people as agents of change

Almost 100 people, including young people, gathered to learn about the unique challenges and opportunities facing young migrants and refugees at a dedicated Youth Symposium last month.

From refugee to cultural bridge: Sudanese-born Jok supports diverse communities in Australia by leveraging her own journey

When Jok-Babott sought refuge in Australia over 20 years ago, she confronted the daunting task of learning a new language and navigating unfamiliar systems and cultures. Today, Jok leverages her own experiences and skills to provide the support she wishes she’d had as a newcomer.

Intergenerational Report reinforces need for forward-looking immigration strategies to bolster Australia’s future

Today’s release of the 2023 Intergenerational Report (IGR) shows the important role migration plays in sustaining the health of Australia’s ageing nation and the importance of long-term planning to strengthen the country’s migration system.  

Urgent action needed to close loopholes and protect temporary migrant workers

Harrowing stories of temporary migrant exploitation detailed in a report released today highlight the need for urgent action to protect temporary migrant workers, according to migrant and refugee services providers Settlement Services International (SSI).

New funding offers long-awaited relief for settlement providers

New funding announced by the Federal Government yesterday will provide vital support for organisations working on the frontline to support refugees and migrants to successfully settle in Australia, according to the non-profit organisation, Settlement Services International (SSI).