Meeting the needs of Australian Muslim families: exploring marginalisation, family issues and 'best practice' in service provision

Multiculturalism Immigration Muslims Australia
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This research project was funded under the National Action Plan to Build on Social Cohesion, Harmony and Security (NAP), a whole-of-government program coordinated by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

The project's aims were achieved by addressing the following research questions:

a. What are the main issues relating to marginalisation that concern Muslim families in Australia? What is the nature of marginalisation that they experience?

b. What are the enablers that promote resilience within Muslim families and their positive engagement in Australian society, and help them avoid marginalisation?

c. What are the factors that negatively influence intra-family relations and hinder their full and active participation in Australian society?

d. How do marginalised families cope and deal with marginalisation (formal or informal support mechanisms)? What works and what are the gaps in these mechanisms, especially in government and non-government services?

e. What are the elements of best practice to meet the needs of marginalised Muslim families? The project tried to give equal emphasis to understanding the problem (of ‘marginalisation’ and intra-family relational issues, and factors causing these) and to finding the enablers and ‘solutions’.

The research focused on Muslim families from diverse ethnic backgrounds (Lebanese and other Middle Eastern backgrounds, Turkish, Indonesian, Indian, Pakistani, Sudanese, Anglo-Celtic, etc.). The project also recognised other dimensions of diversity of the Muslim population such as age, gender, geographical location, multicultural density of place of residence, urban/metropolitan versus rural/regional, refugee status, and so on.

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