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Syrian artist exhibits work exploring displacement and migration

Visual artist Maher Al Khoury arrived in Australia seeking asylum from Syria four years ago. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1988, he had a dynamic arts career working across the Middle East as a university lecturer and artist, with exhibitions in Syria and Abu Dhabi.

Young refugee fleeing persecution forges prosperity in new home

23-year-old Irfan Ali Nasiri arrived in Australia from Pakistan with his mother and four siblings in 2016, reuniting with his father in Auburn, Sydney, after years of separation. 

Western and Settlement Services International partner on multilingual workshops

Western Sydney University | Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 Western Sydney University is helping refugees and asylum seekers learn about opportunities for further study, through a new partnership with Settlement Services International. The University, with support from several student ambassadors, has contributed to a multilingual program of workshops developed by Settlement Services International and delivered online. Read more

Western Sydney youth come together ‘more than ever’ to celebrate Youth Week

Members of the NSW Settlement Partnership (NSP) Youth Workers Network will kick off Youth Week 2021 at an event featuring a variety of activities, including a youth-led panel discussion and the premiere of the video Youth Speak.

Achieving an equal future for women

Last week we celebrated International Women’s Day under the United Nations Theme for 2021: Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.

Culturally diverse women leaders to provide insight on how to break ‘glass ceiling’

Three female leaders who “broke the glass ceiling” in their fields will share their stories and advice on overcoming professional challenges during an International Women’s Day event designed to educate and empower women from across NSW.

Sharing stories of migration and displacement through art

“One common thread, that is not often acknowledged, is that anyone who calls Australia home, except for the First Nations people of this land, is a migrant of one form or another."

WSU partners with SSI to ease university engagement for refugees

Refugees have easier access to tertiary education thanks to a partnership between Western Sydney University (WSU) and Settlement Services International (SSI).

Motherland exhibition explores displacement and migration

An exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) in January seeks to create a more nuanced narrative about contemporary migration and displacement by portraying the issue through the eyes of diverse artists.

Iraqi entrepreneur keen to restart family business in Australia

After leaving Iraq and spending over a year in Jordan, Roben Noonoo arrived in Australia as a refugee in February 2020 with his wife and son.

‘The Melody of Humanity’ video celebrates Human Rights Day

In the spirit of Human Rights Day, The Melody of Humanity, a cross-cultural and multilingual music video, was launched at the Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Lilyfield on December 10.

‘The Melody of Humanity’ video launch for Human Rights Day

The Community Refugee Welcome Centre in Callan Park, Lilyfield, will observe Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10, by launching The Melody of Humanity, a cross-cultural and multilingual music video.

New research finds that Australia’s refugees are settling well

The settlement experiences of 133 Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan refugee families living in NSW are examined in a new report, which highlights the importance of English language training and other support programs to ensure refugees have a great start to their new life.

Reflecting on our past, present and future; our vision remains the same

Important milestones such as SSI’s 20th anniversary motivate me to pause from the present and reflect. Looking back over the past 20 years, I cannot help but be amazed at how SSI has both evolved as an organisation and solidified our core mission and values since our founding in early 2000.

SSI brings its experience to disability service delivery in Sydney and South West Sydney

From July 1, 2020, Settlement Services International (SSI), in partnership with the NDIA, began delivering Local Area Coordination (LAC) services for the NDIS across two districts in NSW.

Former refugee and entrepreneur empowers fellow newcomers

Hedayat Osyan is a 28-year-old former refugee from Afghanistan and an SSI Ignite® Small Business Start-ups (Ignite®) entrepreneur who founded a tiling company to support fellow refugees to establish their new lives in Australia.

Building relationships saw SSI’s big dream become reality

Partnership and collaboration have been in SSI’s DNA since its formation with member organisations two decades ago. It continues today with partnerships with community and corporate organisations, and SSI’s leadership in the NSW Settlement Partnership.

Global refugee youth advocate named chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

SSI Youth Collective steering committee member and refugee advocate Arash Bordbar was elected Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)  in June 2019.

20 years: The SSI Story

SSI’s history is inextricably linked to its membership base.

How a garden fostered lasting support networks for the community

Over four years of nurturing and growth, the Friendship Garden at the Auburn Centre for Community blossomed from a community engagement initiative owned and run by SSI to a community-run project.