What it takes to settle refugees into the community

WITH around one third of the 12,000 Syrian refugees resettling in Australia over the next few months, planning is key.

Information provided by Capricornia MP Michelle Landry in consultation with the Federal Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the remaining 8,000 refugees will be resettled in Australia next year; after passing health, character and security checks.

Those who have been granted resettlement in Australia will be drawn from people who have fled the conflict in Syria and Iraq and are temporarily located in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

CEO of the Multicultural Development Association, Jamila Padhee said the organisation supported refugees the second they "step off the plane."

"There is a lot of planning and preparation involved in resettling new Queenslanders," she said.

"MDA assists our clients with all areas of everyday life - orientation around their local area, helping them build professional and social networks and learning about and engaging with their new community. This also includes things like enrolling kids in school, finding long-term accommodation and setting up a bank account.

"We look forward to welcoming the new Queenslanders over the coming months."

It is not yet known how many refugees will be resettled in Central Queensland.
 



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