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EYHC 2011: Finding Home?


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(Diversity) This presentation was facilitated by Anne-Marie Taylor from the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network NSW.

The presentation details research conducted by the Centre for Multicultural Youth Victoria, 'Finding Home in Victoria: Refugee and migrant young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness', as well as additional information and research from around Australia. It explores the issues and solutions to homelessness in reference to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and suggests practical approaches to working to support this group of young people.

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EYHC 2011: Finding Home?

  1. 1. Finding Home?Exploring the issues faced by young people fromrefugee and migrant backgrounds in regards tohomelessness in AustraliaAnne-Marie Taylor, MYAN NSW State Coordinator
  2. 2. About this presentation Understanding the issues affecting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in regards to homelessness Increased knowledge of how to work with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Understanding appropriate housing options for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
  3. 3. Research on homelessness Main sources:  MYAN Australia, Policy Briefing Paper, November 2011  Centre for Multicultural Youth, Finding Home in Victoria: refugee and migrant young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, 2010  ASeTTS, Hidden Homelessness: the impact of homelessness on newly arrived youth, 2008
  4. 4. About the MYAN Australia• National policy and advocacy body on multicultural youth issues.• Works in partnership with government and non-government agencies at the state/territory and national levels to ensure that the particular needs of multicultural young people are recognised and appropriate responses developed.• Supports the development of state and territory multicultural youth advocacy networks.
  5. 5. About young people fromrefugee backgrounds Accompanied/ Unaccompanied
  6. 6. Homelessness risk? 10 times more likely to be at risk of homelessness than Australian born counterparts Greater barriers in accessing services Disadvantaged by settlement process  Disruption in their already disrupted schooling life  Resettlement within a family grouping that have survived traumatic events  Arrival in Australia without core family members.
  7. 7. What they think ofhomelessness?
  8. 8. Homelessness is asignificant barrier tosuccessful settlement
  9. 9.  Causes of homelessness: Family conflict and relationship difficulties Shortage of private and public housing Financial constraints, including unemployment and low income Impact of homelessness Disruption in schooling Overcrowding in housing Potential to trigger past traumatic experiences Negative impact on future productivity
  10. 10. Barriers to accessingservices
  11. 11. What can be done?