Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Good practice and measuring settlement outcomes

Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Good practice and measuring settlement outcomes

Nadine Liddy, Heather Stewart, Pilar Rioseco and John De Maio

This webinar brought together research, policy and practice perspectives to discuss how to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

This webinar was held on 23 March 2017.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have enormous potential, but face a range of particular challenges. Recognising this, MYAN Australia launched the National Youth Settlement Framework in 2016 to facilitate a targeted approach to supporting and measuring good practice with young people in the settlement context.

This webinar discussed the implementation of the Framework, and provided examples of community based initiatives and practical strategies for supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Recent findings from Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants were also presented.

The feature image was supplied by MYAN NSW.

About the presenters

Nadine Liddy

Nadine Liddy is the National Coordinator of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia). Nadine has a background in service delivery and program management with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and has worked extensively in policy, advocacy and sector development. Nadine has also worked in the international context, undertaking research and advocacy on refugee and asylum seeker issues and supporting youth engagement in regional and global opportunities.

Heather Stewart

Heather Stewart worked at the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) for over 7 years, managing a range of programs that support migrant and refugee young people. These included the Newly Arrived Specialist Reconnect service which supported young people at risk of family breakdown, and the My Family project which explored how family services could better support CaLD families parenting adolescents. Heather has also worked at the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and as an academic teaching youth work.

Pilar Rioseco

Pilar Rioseco is a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where she works on the Building a New Life in Australia project, examining the settlement experiences of recently arrived humanitarian migrants. Pilar previously worked as a researcher on the Social Networks and Ageing Project (SNAP) at the School of Demography, The Australian National University, and in the Flinders Centre for Ageing Research, Flinders University. Her work on these projects included investigating associations between social networks and successful ageing.

John De Maio

John De Maio is a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Since 2013 he has undertaken research examining the settlement experiences of recent humanitarian migrants as part of Building a New Life in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Humanitarian Migrants. John has also evaluated family law programs aiming to improve collaboration between family law service organisations, and assist parents resolve post-separation parenting arrangements in the context of alleged family violence.