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ACT Strengthens Efforts to Welcome Refugees

Members from 50 Refugee Welcome Zones, including the ACT, today met in Canberra for the first time to work on ways to better support refugees in their communities.

The Forum discussed issues such as role models, how to counter negative stereotypes, local government leadership, fostering engagement and social cohesion—topics identified by the Refugee Council of Australia through consultation with communities.

Over the past ten years, Canberra welcomed over 2000 refugees to our proudly multicultural city.

In 2016 the ACT joined the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa Scheme (SHEV), and the ACT remains the only whole jurisdiction to be part of the scheme.

The ACT Government works closely with refugee communities, service providers and community stakeholders to ensure people arriving and living here are able to rebuild their lives and fully contribute to, and participate in, the Canberra community.

The 2017-18 Budget builds on this with a $1.4 million commitment to assist refugees and asylum seekers with language and employment support.

A Refugee Welcome Zone is a local government area which has made a commitment to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding their human rights, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

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