SSI News Blog

From the CEO: Myanmar and refugees in the Asia-Pacific

Karen mother and daughter smiling

Tsering Yangzom fled Tibet at the age of nine and lived in India for a number of years before coming to Australia as a refugee in 2020. She is one of many people from the Asia-Pacific region that SSI supports following forced displacement.


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Living and thriving as a young person with Asperger Syndrome

Like many university students, 20-year-old Bevan is focused on completing his degree and finding out what direction he wants to take in life.

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Tibetan refugee with prominent political profile helps translate for community

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Tsering Yangzom fled Tibet at the age of 9 due to the incorporation of Tibet into the People's Republic of China. She lived in a Tibetan village in India before arriving in Australia as a refugee with her husband, Kunkyab, in 2020.

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SSI supports refugee family with son on the autism spectrum

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Iranian refugee Solmaz Hamdi Hesari arrived in Australia in April 2019 with her husband and their son, who lives with a disability.

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From the CEO: The Syrian civil war 10 years on

This month marks 10 years since the beginning of the Syrian civil war -- a conflict that has displaced more than half of the country’s pre-war population and left a staggering 80 per cent of the current population living beneath the poverty line.

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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.

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From the CEO: Crisis touches us all, but rarely impacts us equally

Illustration of working women

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing gender equity in ways that no-one expected. Women – and particularly women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds – have been among the worst affected by the unprecedented events of last year.

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Business program provides human connection and localised support for Sydney city community

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It started with the notion that a thriving, resilient and diverse community is the indicator of a successful neighbourhood. So, add a newly regenerated urban area with a place-based business mentorship program, and see the community flourish.

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Sharing stories of migration and displacement through art

Portrait of Maher Al Khoury

“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."

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From the CEO: Overcoming division in the shadow of the pandemic

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Monday this week marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 was detected in Australia.

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Online health and wellbeing workshops for refugee women during COVID-19 fosters community spirit

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Settlement Services International’s (SSI) Humanitarian Settlement Program Women Committee has partnered with Liverpool Women’s Health Centre (LWHC) and Mission Australia to encourage refugee women to stay healthy, informed and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Iraqi sisters secure employment and further education during first year in Australia

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The Australian Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Program delivered by Settlement Service International (SSI) has supported Iraqi sisters, Diana and Sandra Hassan* to acquire part-time jobs and engage in higher education.  

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WSU partners with SSI to ease university engagement for refugees

People from refugee backgrounds at Western Sydney University learning about local tertiary education pathways.

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

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Iraqi entrepreneur keen to restart family business in Australia

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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.

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From the CEO: A heartfelt holiday thank you

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As the year draws to a close, it’s natural to reflect on the past 12 months and begin looking forward to the new year.

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SSI and APRRN ongoing partnership advances refugee protection in the Asia Pacific

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APRRN is an open and growing network of more than 450 civil society organisations and individuals from 29 countries committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific.

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‘The Melody of Humanity’ video celebrates Human Rights Day

Two women are captured for 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.

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Resilient doctor-turned-librarian with vision to reconnect with family in Tibet

A woman and a boy are on a beach.

Since leaving Tibet as a teenager and fleeing to India as a refugee, Dolkar Lhamo has not only overcome many hardships but also managed to attain significant achievements.

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Refugee doctor back on track saving lives

Saif smiling in scrubs

Saif Noori understands both hard work and hardship.

Before arriving in Australia in May 2018 on a humanitarian visa, Saif was a medical officer at a hospital in Iraq. 

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Lebanese migrant launches business tackling domestic violence during ‘16 Days of Activism’

For Lebanese migrant Hala Abdelnour, a vision to facilitate an intersectional and inclusive response to domestic violence is becoming a reality through her start-up business, Institute of non-violence (IoNV).

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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.

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Mother on a mission to support her sons with ‘invisible disabilities’ to live full, independent lives

Eve is the mother of three adult children with intellectual, social, and behavioural disabilities. She and her husband have uprooted their lives to ensure they can raise her daughter and two sons with the knowledge that their disability does not define them.

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Syrian refugee from LGBTIQ community overcomes social adversity and finds meaning working for the elderly

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In April 2019, five years after fleeing to Lebanon from his home in Syria, Joe Smith* was granted a humanitarian visa to move to Australia with his mother and brother.

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Former refugee and entrepreneur empowers fellow newcomers

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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.

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Volunteer’s inspiring commitment to supporting newcomers

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Australia has a proud tradition in volunteerism, as shown by a remarkable 31 per cent of the population aged 15 and over who regularly offer their time to support others. Those who volunteer for SSI are prime examples.

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