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

By Marcelle Cacciattolo, Robyn Broadbent and Cathryn Carpenter.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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.

Keywords: Relocation, Refugees and Settlement, Social Connectedness, Social Inclusion

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.425-434. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 547.462KB).

Dr. Marcelle Cacciattolo

Coordinator, Partnerships, School of Education, Victoria university, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr Marcelle Cacciattolo is a sociologist and an experienced lecturer in the School of Education. She teaches ina diverse range of pre-service teacher education courses, conducts a range of research projects and supervises a variety of postgraduate research students. Marcelle’s other major responsibility involves the coordination of the School of Education’s community partnership program. Marcelle’s particular research interests are cross-disciplinary involving health sciences and education-based research. Her research focuses are linked to the following themes- well being, inclusive education, social justice and a desire to address community issues.

Dr. Robyn Broadbent

Coordinator Youth Studies, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Robyn is an experienced Youth Worker, Educator, Researcher and Community Consultant. Robyn currently coordinates the Bachelor of Arts Youth Studies and has most recently been lead researcher on a number of community consultations. The focus of much of this community research has been to increase the retention of young people in education, employment and/or training. Robyn is currently advising two philanthropic boards on the development of two new Youth Resource Centres in the West that will be completed with a mixture of private and public funds. Robyn has also been active in establishing a number of partnerships that are seen as innovative and responsive between industry and community. Robyn was the chief investigator on this research project that worked in partnership with the communities of Swan Hill and Warrnambool.

Cathryn Carpenter

Coordinator of B.Ed Outdoor Ed Program, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cathryn Carpenter is an experienced educator within the School of Education, teaching a range of subjects and developing innovative research projects. Experiential education and alternative outdoor programs the key domain within her work. She is currently completing her PhD. on alternative programs for young people with a history of drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues. This entails working closely with young people as well as a range of organisations that focus on supporting the development of young people. Cathryn has been a part of the research team on the Vic Health Refugee Relocation Project that will transform national policy in this area.

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