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Indicators of Host Community Readers in Refugee Relocation Programs: Factors that Contribute to a Positive Relocation Experience

Cacciattolo, Marcelle and Broadbent, Robyn and Carpenter, Cathryn (2007) Indicators of Host Community Readers in Refugee Relocation Programs: Factors that Contribute to a Positive Relocation Experience. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 425-434. ISSN 1833-1882

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Abstract

This paper proposes that successful relocation programs are twofold; they not only rely upon readiness factors for new arrivals, but are also dependant upon host communities that are well equipped to embrace diverse cultures in a holistic way. Determinants of mental health such as economic resources, capacity building enterprises, government policies, innovative training initiatives through employment and service providers, assist in securing and sustaining a positive settlement experience (VicHealth 2005). Ensuring that relocation and resettlement programs are adequately sourced, monitored and improved, is essential to the implementation of inclusive, responsive and innovative settlement practices. Exploring the means through which regional and rural communities monitor, implement and reflect upon current relocation practices highlights best practices tied to settlement experiences for migrants and refugees. Most importantly, this paper seeks to document and make public those indicators that best reflect host community readiness in migrant relocation programs. Voicing and highlighting essential infrastructures needed for the implementation and planning of relocation programs allows for worthwhile and solid futures for host communities, new arrivals and the overall Australian population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID12793, relocation, refugees and settlement, social connectedness, social inclusion
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
FOR Classification > 1603 Demography
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2011 05:18
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2011 05:18
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3199
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