Refugee Week celebrates the great contribution that refugees make to enrich Australian society. On Friday 12 June 2015, STARTTS launched Refugee Week 2015 together with the Refugee Council of Australia, Settlement Services International and Illawarra Multicultural Services, with Janice Petersen from SBS as the MC. For the first time ever, the launch event was held in the Illawarra, a major population centre of NSW.
Paris Aristotle AM, CEO of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, recently released a statement about the settlement of refugees in Australia. It highlighted the substantial economic and social contribution people from refugee backgrounds have made to Australia.
In his statement, Paris Aristotle praises refugees resilience and their determination to succeed. “The great majority of people of refugee backgrounds settle quickly with relatively little assistance from government and community. They find jobs and homes; they set up businesses; they become familiar with how Australia works. Through offering them resettlement in Australia we are inviting them to become part of our nation – to be Australians.”
Please click here to read the full statement by Paris Aristotle on the VFST website.