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New research highlights common bond between refugees and Australia’s First Nations peoples 

Parallel experiences create a common bond between refugees and First Nations people living in Australia, according to ground-breaking new research released today by non-profit SSI and Western Sydney University.  

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.

SSI Allianz scholarship supports 34 refugees to overcome barriers to education in digital world

Allianz Australia and Settlement Services International (SSI) have awarded 34 deserving refugee students with SSI Allianz Refugee Scholarships, providing vital funding to access technology, pursue their education, and obtain local qualification recognition.

Additional investment to support refugees in South-West Sydney

One of Australia’s largest refugee resettlement providers has answered calls for additional investment in South-West Sydney, investing new resources in the area with the launch of a new local location.

One year in Australia: How Ukrainian refugees Valeriia and Olga are rebuilding their lives

Over the past year of war, millions of refugees have fled Ukraine — 4,500 of whom have found themselves in Australia. With no end to the conflict in sight, women like Valeriia and Olga are rebuilding their lives in local suburbs across the country.

Pathway to permanency welcome news for refugees on temporary visas

Some 19,000 refugees on temporary visas will be able to apply for permanent visas under new changes announced by the Federal Government today.

SSI welcomes pathway to permanency for refugees on temporary visas

SSI welcomes this morning’s Federal Government announcement of new pathways to permanent residency that will end years of uncertainty for refugees who have been living on temporary visas.

Digital inclusion and family separation remain problems for refugees despite resilience during pandemic

Newly arrived refugees in Australia have been resilient in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research launched this week by Settlement Services International and Western Sydney University.

NSW government extends employment support program for refugees

Refugees and people seeking asylum living in NSW will continue to have access to pathways to secure, long-term employment thanks to the extension of the Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) delivered by Settlement Services International (SSI) and partners.

SSI digital literacy course gives mature-aged refugees better education, employment opportunities

One hundred and five people from refugee backgrounds have increased digital independence, English language proficiency and access to online services thanks to a program coordinated by Settlement Services International (SSI).

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.

SSI welcomes Budget allocation of additional places for Afghan refugees

Settlement Services International (SSI) has joined humanitarian advocates, including the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) and the Settlement Council of Australia, in welcoming the Federal Government’s 2022-23 Budget announcement of an additional 16,500 places over four years for Afghans fleeing their war-torn country.

New research shines a spotlight on gender and refugees

The fate of refugee women and girls has been front of mind since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month.

Refugees especially vulnerable to mental health toll of COVID-19

A study has explored the mental health impact of COVID-19 on refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. COVID-19 stressors are negatively impacting resettled refugees’ mental health, a new study by UNSW Sydney psychologists in partnership with Australian Red Cross, Settlement Services International (SSI) and Phoenix Australia at the University of Melbourne has shown. COVID-related worries […]