Exploring the perspectives of practitioners on the needs and experiences of young refugees settling in regional Australia

Zuchowski, Jacek, and Zuchowski, Ines (2018) Exploring the perspectives of practitioners on the needs and experiences of young refugees settling in regional Australia. Developing Practice, 49. pp. 63-75.

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Abstract

Across the world large numbers of people are displaced every year and seek asylum in other countries. For example, in 2010 ‘…there were an estimated 43.7 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 15.4 million refugees, 837 500 asylum seekers and 27.5 million internally displaced persons’ (Phillips, 2011, p. 1). This number is increasing with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees stating that there are currently over 52 million refugees and displaced people worldwide (UNCHR, 2016). The number of refugees settled in Australia is comparatively small–in the five-year period, 2011-2015, 70,721 humanitarian refugees were settled in Australia (Department of Social Services, 2017c). This paper focuses on the findings of a qualitative exploratory study examining the perceptions of professionals working with young refugees resettled in Townsville, a regional city in northern Australia with a population of just under 200,000. Themes presented include emotional well-being, adapting to a new environment, schooling experience, and living in poorer areas.

Item ID: 55230
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1445-6818
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2018 00:25
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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