An evidence-based approach to regional migrant settlement
Resettling migrants in regional Australia has become a focus of the federal government’s new population plan, with the Morrison Government setting a target of 40 per cent of refugees and humanitarian entrants to be settled in regional areas in 2019-20.
Research by the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and Welcoming Cities has examined the benefits and risks of regional migrant settlement. The research was recently profiled on The Conversation, with Centre Director A/Prof Rebecca Wickes and John van Kooy also presenting the findings to a packed house at the Welcoming Cities Symposium.
The report by Wickes, van Kooy and Welcoming Cities CEO Aleem Ali identifies five key factors — four essential and one desirable — that will make regional settlement successful, as well as several operational scenarios. It is the outcome of the first phase of the partnership between MMIC and Welcoming Cities, which has led to engagement with interested regional councils to consult, partner, plan and commence initiatives to strengthen welcome and inclusion in local areas.