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Abstract: High costs in Australian housing markets have brought the significant consequences to the economically and socially disadvantaged South Sudanese community and other minority ethnic groups in Australia. Housing plays and efficient and effective role in the durable integration and settlement of South Sudanese in Australia. The current Australian housing market is constructed in a way that does not provide affordable housing for South Sudanese refugees. Nevertheless, it is of paramount importance to recognise the significance of housing and the consequences of the high cost of housing in South Sudanese refugees’ economic, social and cultural integration which eventually can enhance their social harmony with the wider Australian community. Economic participation, access to community resources, public facilities, social and cultural capitals and other functions can help in facilitating in access to housing. This paper aims to highlight the difficulties facing South Sudanese refugees’ community in the Australia’s housing system. The paper considers historical, structural, political and economical disadvantages Sudanese refugees have experienced as a result of the Sudan’s civil wars. Such historical experience is crucial because of the role it plays in South Sudanese refugees’ settlement issues and matters concerning language, identity, citizenship, adjustment and social exclusion. This paper is a description of the issues raised by the interviews with South Sudanese and stakeholders in South Australia. It aims is to contribute to the existing planning and housing studies, housing policy and to better inform government departments and service providers about the South Sudanese refugees’ perspectives about affordable housing situation.

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