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Refugee Week 2024 featuring Aline, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, holding her daughter, Ashley. Background is blurred and Aline is smiling and looking at Ashley.

Celebrating Refugee Week

Refugee Week (16-22 June 2024) is an annual event held in Australia to promote greater awareness of refugees, the issues they face and the contribution they make to the Australian community.

12/06/24 News

Refugee Week 2024 Theme – Finding Freedom: Family

This year's theme, Finding Freedom: Family, goes beyond traditional families to encompass the power of connections as well as chosen bonds in the face of adversity.

The 2024 Refugee Week theme emphasises the crucial role families play in providing comfort, support, and a sense of belonging to those forced to flee their homelands. Whether it's parents, siblings, or extended families, these connections become a stable and familiar support system in times of uncertainty.

As well as biological family, chosen families can be just as important. Refugees often find new sources of strength and support in the form of friends, neighbours, and communities. These chosen families can become just as essential in creating a sense of belonging in a new and unfamiliar environment.

Refugee Week Poster

Featured on this poster are Aline, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and her 2-year-old daughter, Ashley.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Aline came to Australia after spending years in a Sudanese refugee camp. She arrived in Australia heavily pregnant, while her husband – whom she’d met in the refugee camp – remained in Sudan due to COVID restrictions, prolonging his stay.

Starting from scratch in Australia as a new mother while separated from her husband brought Aline numerous challenges. However, her bond with her daughter and the joy she found in motherhood gave Aline the resilience and determination to rebuild her life. Aline says, “I look forward to teaching my daughter to work hard. We can fulfil our dreams if we are determined enough, thanks to the opportunity we have here in Australia.”

Aline now lives in Toowoomba with her family.

Click here to read and reflect on other inspiring stories of freedom as part of this year’s theme.

The Importance of Refugee Week

Refugee Week provides individuals with the opportunity to:

  • Show support and harmony: Stand in unity with refugees who have overcome immense challenges to become part of the Australian community.
  • Raise awareness and understanding: Educate yourself about the realities of displacement. By learning more about the challenges refugees face, from fleeing war and persecution to adapting to a new life, we can show greater empathy and understanding.
  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion: Celebrate the diversity of Australian culture, supporting different backgrounds and traditions. By embracing the diversity that refugees bring, we create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone.

How can I get Involved in Refugee Week?

There are many ways to participate in Refugee Week, both inside and outside of work:

  • Attend Refugee Week events: Check out the Refugee Council website for a calendar of events happening near you.

  • Start a conversation: Talk to your colleagues about the importance of welcoming refugees into our communities. Together, we can create a more welcoming and inclusive workplace for all.

  • Share stories and information: Help raise awareness by sharing Refugee Week resources with your friends and colleagues.

    For more information and resources visit – refugeeweek.org

The power of diversity

Welcoming and integrating refugees into our culture isn't just about providing a safe home for them and their families, it’s also about creating a diversified community where we embrace different lived experiences, practices, and ways of life. These unique perspectives enrich our culture, encouraging understanding, creativity and a deeper appreciation for the world's diversity.

By recognising these diverse backgrounds, we not only create a more inclusive society, but also unlock a wealth of potential that contributes to Australia's continued growth.

Workskil Australia supporting diversity and inclusion.

At Workskil Australia we pride ourselves on our diversity and inclusivity, we provide tailored services to a range of customers and employers from different backgrounds and cultures. Click here to learn more about our support for migrants and refugees.

In the 2022/23 financial year we supported more than 8,500 culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, one of which was Ranya, who was forced to leave her home in Syria to escape the war and start a new life in Australia. Today, with the help of her Workskil Australia team, she now owns a hairdressing business.

Read Ranya's full story here.

Next steps to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce provides businesses with richer culture, boosts performance, and reflects the communities you live and work in. At Workskil Australia we understand the power of diversity and can help your business create an inclusive workplace. With over 40 years' experience, we offer tailored solutions to connect you with the right candidates at no cost.

Contact us today to find out how we can work together to find your next great employee.

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