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Refugee Stories Q&A : Real Stories of Real People Who Make A Difference

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The Multicultural Communities Council together with City of Adelaide are hosting i “Refugee Stories Q&A : Real Stories of Real People Who Make A Difference”.

This will be a Free Community Event on 29th June, with the purpose of raising awareness around Refugee Week through stories of Refugees. It is from 6pm – 7.30pm at Minor Works Building, 22 Stamford Court, ADELAIDE.
This event “Refugee Stories Q&A : Real Stories of Real People Who Make A Difference”. will have some wonderful speakers who are or are former Refugees, we will be providing some refreshments provided by local business who are owned by Refugees. And is a part of the international Refugee Week events.

The aim of the event is to encourage local residents and people who visit the city for work, or otherwise, to hear the stories of people of refugee background who now are making a difference in our city and surrounds.

By doing this we create understandings and it leads to communities who engage with one another and to foster a strong community life by celebrating diversity and acknowledging the contributions that Refugees, past and present, bring with them to South Australia.

Please register for the event via Eventbrite: https://refugeerealpeoplerealstories.eventbrite.com.au

MCCSA recently released CALD age-friendly SA report, commissioned by the Office for the Ageing (OFTA).

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FECCA concerned about impact of key Budget measures on migrant Australians

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The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) said today that key measures announced in tonight’s Federal Budget will have a disproportionate impact on Australia’s migrant communities.

New enhanced residency requirements for the Age Pension and Disability Support Pension will require claimants to have up to 15 years of continuous Australian residence to be eligible to receive these key supports.

Nearly 40 per cent of people receiving the Age Pension were not born in Australia. These provisions will disproportionately impact Australians of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

FECCA believes that migrant Australians should not be punished in their older age or because they require support for living with a disability.

Also announced in tonight’s Budget, the Skilling Australians Fund Levy, is a levy on employers who nominate workers for certain temporary and permanent visas. The levy will provide funds to support skills development in the Australian workforce.

This kind of measure implies that migrant workers are responsible for Australia’s skills gap and threatens social cohesion.

Migrant workers are some of Australia’s most vulnerable to the risk of abuse and exploitation by their employers.

This levy presents new risks to migrant workers including salary deductions and a rise in racism and discrimination.

Overseas workers fill key positions where local employees cannot be recruited: caring for Australia’s elderly and disabled, supporting our nation’s agricultural industry and growing Australia’s IT and high-tech companies.

FECCA has already expressed its concern on a number of other measures included in the Budget including changes to the citizenship test and the cost of the new temporary parent visa.

FECCA will issue further comment on the Federal Budget in coming days.

FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA’s role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community.

FECCA’s pre-Budget submission can be found here.

Media contact: (0424) 910617 / emma@fecca.org.au

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