Briefing paper

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) is a peak advocacy organisation for Victorian ethnic and multicultural groups. ECCV has identified intergenerational issues as some of the settlement challenges and impacts of migration and displacement on families.

ECCV conducted two Roundtable Discussions on intergenerational relationships in new and emerging communities in Carlton and Footscray in May 2015. Participants included ethnic communities’ leaders, multicultural and multi-faith service providers; and individuals with culturally diverse background from the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The intimate setting of the roundtables encouraged honest conversations about issues affecting disconnected youth and their parents in new and emerging communities.

These roundtables are part of a series of community consultations that ECCV intends to conduct on the topic in 2015. Outlying growth suburbs and regional Victoria will be included. The purpose is to gather culturally diverse community perspectives on issues relating to family misunderstandings and youth disengaging. ECCV will then endeavour to find community solutions to advocate to the Victorian Government and key decision makers.

ECCV is working with Deakin University’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation to analyse the issues from these conversations to better understand the dynamics of intergenerational relationships within new and emerging communities in Victoria. That report will be available from ECCV from July 2015.

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