Refugees and migrants struggle to find appropriate accommodation. This can be because there are long waiting lists for public and social housing, there is little appropriate private housing stock and, when housing is available, new migrants can face discrimination. This discrimination is often based on cultural bias, racism, and a lack of understanding of the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families.
Housing is essential if people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are to settle successfully. Best practice is for host countries to make sure that ‘appropriate, affordable and long term housing is available and accessible’. This paper clearly shows that Australia is not meeting the standard, as set out in SCoA’s National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards (NSSOS).
The paper reviews the research that explores the barriers to accessing housing and their effects on refugees and migrants. While SCoA tries to accurately represent different perspectives, limited research means this is not always possible, and opinions may not represent those of all refugees and migrants.
SOURCE: Settlement Council of Australia. “The effects of discrimination on refugee and migrant housing needs.” Settlement Council of Australia, 2019.
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