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Discussion paper

The strength within: the role of refugee community organisations in settlement

3 May 2014

Australian research has barely touched upon the role played by refugee community organisations in the settlement experience of humanitarian entrants. The capacity of community organisations to relate to and understand the unique lived experiences of refugee and humanitarian entrants gives them a particularly important role in the early stages of settlement, as new arrivals navigate the complex challenges of finding their way in a new country. This discussion paper provides an overview of some of the roles and challenges faced by some of these organisations in supporting the settlement of newer members of refugee communities. It highlights that a strengths-based approach to assisting refugees to resettle must not only focus on individual and family resilience and strengths but also the strengths and resilience within refugee communities.

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