Unlike other studies that focus on refugees’ education, employment, English proficiency and health, this study shines a light on under-researched social and civic dimensions of refugee integration. The project explores the sense of welcome and belonging as experienced by refugees who have been residents in Australia for less than two years by assessing the domains of social bonds, social bridges and social links, with a specific focus on digital inclusion. Building on a pilot partnership between ICS and Settlement Services International in 2019, the long-term aim of this research is to generate a continuum of data on refugees' sense of belonging in Australia, with barometer surveys at regular intervals.
Funding: Settlement Services International
Contact: Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson