This research forum brought together migration scholars, sociologists, applied researchers and community sector practitioners. It aimed to:
- amplify the voices and lived experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum as research participants and subjects
- raise awareness of current thinking and practice on supporting employment and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum, and
- foster research collaboration between universities, community services sector, business and government.
The forum was hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre, in partnership with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at the University of Melbourne, and The Australian Sociological Association (TASA).
It was moderated by Peter Mares, a prominent public voice in debates on refugees and social justice, a Contributing Editor of Inside Story and Adjunct Fellow at the Swinburne University Institute for Social Research.
Forum: Lived experiences of refugees and people seeking asylum
- From surviving to thriving / Dr Nadera Hayat Burhani, Dr Jawid Hakemi & Alex Haynes, Melbourne Refugee Studies Programme
- Refugee entrepreneurship in Australia: one strategy to overcome refugees blocked labour market mobility / Prof. Jock Collins, University of Technology Business School, Sydney
- Unsettling assumptions about people seeking asylum and their access to employment / Dr Caroline Fleay, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University
- Systematic and deliberate approach to empowerment and leadership development of people seeking asylum / Ms Abiola Ajetomobi, Innovation Hub, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
- Not just work: ending the exploitation of refugee and migrant workers / Ms Catherine Hemingway, WEstjustice (Western Community Legal Centre)
- Beyond matchmaking? Rethinking labour market assistance for people seeking asylum / Mr John van Kooy, Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre
- Is there a problem with refugee employment in Australia? A review of research evidence / Assoc. Prof. Val Colic-Peisker, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
- The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) and narratives of protection / Assoc. Prof. Alex Reilly, Public Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Adelaide
- Refugee employment in regional Victoria: practice perspectives from service providers, local government and labour market intermediaries / Dr Martina Boese, Department of Social Inquiry, La Trobe University
SOURCE: Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, The Australian Sociological Association & University of Melbourne. Melbourne Social Equity Initiative, 7 December 2016, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria
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