The Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change conducted the inaugural Migrant and Refugee Women’s Voices Survey in partnership with SBS and SBS Radio over six weeks between May and July 2018.
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The survey asked respondents, who self–identified as women from migrant and refugee backgrounds over 18 years old, about the issues of importance to them and their families, and in particular about their experiences with health and employment systems in Australia. This report outlines the findings of the survey.
The issues of greatest concern to respondents were money and savings for the future, followed closely by getting or keeping a job. These issues are consistent with findings of the Scanlon Foundation’s Social Cohesion Survey that Australians are consistently highly concerned about the economy, unemployment and poverty. Discrimination, however, was a more pressing issue
for respondents to this survey.
The majority of respondents (71 per cent) had a positive view of their experience of settling in Australia. Most respondents (77 per cent) had done paid work in the last twelve months and were somewhat or very satisfied (79 per cent) with their work. For those who had found it difficult to look for work in the last twelve months, the most common reasons given were: I am not offered interviews, even though I am qualified; I do not have strong networks (family/community/friends) in Australia; and I cannot get a job in the same occupation as I had overseas … [Continues]
The findings of this survey have highlighted the need to provide better support for migrants moving to Australia to follow a partner or a spouse. This group were the most likely to have had a difficult experience settling in Australia, the second least likely group to have had a job or done paid work in the last twelve months, and the least satisfied cohort at work. This is also similar to messages heard in consultations held by the Harmony Alliance at our membership forum in June 2018 and regarding the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth in August and September 2018, which together reached over 100 members and stakeholders
SOURCE: Harmony Alliance. “Migrant and Refugee Womens’ Voices: Survey Report.” Harmony Alliance, 26 November 2018.
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