Resettlement of Refugee Immigrants in Australia: Agency and Affordances

Seminar/Forum

Resettlement of Refugee Immigrants in Australia: Agency and Affordances

Across the world, including in Australia, the population of refugee immigrants is growing. Yet, understanding of how their resettlement needs can best be addressed remains underinformed. Adult refugee immigrants in Australia continue to experience poor educational, occupational and social inclusion challenges. This may be due to compounded effects of possible difficult past life experiences, and often distressing and challenging resettlement experiences. In this seminar, Dr Gerald Onsando (University of Melbourne) and John Riek (Afri-Aus Care) will explore the life experiences of refugee immigrants and the social structural affordances that often constrain their capacity to exercise the personal agency required to fully contribute to and participate in Australian society.

Presenters

  • Mr John Riek
    Mr John Riek, Employment Pathway and Facilitator
  • Dr Gerald  Onsando
    Dr Gerald Onsando, Research Fellow, Social and Political Sciences