Settlement Services International and Western Sydney University presented the Foundations for Belonging 2021 research findings on September 9 during an online session as part of the ACOSS Policy Webinar Series.
The webinar involved a discussion exploring insights on newly arrived refugees, focusing on women and digital inclusion. It featured an expert panel discussion moderated by Omar Dehen, an award-winning journalist for SBS World News.
The discussion was preceded by a presentation of the research findings from the Foundations for Belonging 2021 report, which aims to deepen understanding of the social and civic dimensions of integration in the early stages of settlement.
Shanthi Robertson, Senior Research Fellow from Western Sydney University and co-author of the report, was a guest speaker along with Alison Larkins, the Commonwealth Coordinator-General for Migrant Services from the Department of Home Affairs, and Shabnam Safa, the Chair of the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG).