With the COVID-19 restrictions, Refugee Week was celebrated in different ways in 2020. On this page, we ask our groups to send us details of their activities. We will also be putting up links to interesting Zoom sessions and Webinars that were held during the week.
Talks and webinars during Refugee Week
Blue Mountains Multicultural Interagency held a Zoom session titled: Strategic Regional Refugee Welcoming. Here is the Zoom recording of this very interesting session. the ZOOM recording
Talia Stump spoke about her research on regional resettlement, during her recent Churchill Fellowship. She compiled stories from visiting 20 regional and rural communities in Canada, USA, Germany, Norway and Sweden. Details of her research, videos and slides are on her website
In this webinar, from Australia at Home, the findings of this recent research study are presented. It highlights that many recently arrived refugees have wide social connections and are keen to integrate into their new life. The full report, prepared by Western Sydney University and Settlement Services International, can be found here.
Welcome to Maleny
Welcome to Maleny – Refugee Advocacy Group (W2M) held an information and petition signing stall as well as a prayer flag making activity on the main street of Maleny, Qld on Saturday 20th June in recognition of World Refugee Day 2020. Many people stopped to write heartfelt messages of welcome and hope as well as draw pictures on colourful prayer flags to express their compassion and support for people seeking asylum and people from refugee backgrounds detained here in Australia, in Nauru and Manus as well as the 79.5 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. Flags were joined together and boldly hung around the stall area which gained much attention and draws others in for conversations and more flag making.
Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group
Members of Blue Mountains Support Group, aged between 5 and 88 years, celebrated World Refugee Day 2020 by creating a virtual Welcome Way. We shared photos and videos of ourselves and our families at home and in our community.
We posted our images online, on our fences and stood on the Great Western Highway at Glenbrook waving placards sporting messages supporting refugees and seeking change in government refugee policies that, as we know only too well, deny human rights and are responsible for so much hardship and cruelty. The fantastic support we received with tooting horns, cheers and waves from the passing traffic along with the fact that weekends in the mountains see such a large volume of motorists on the road and we now have a large number of placards stored , has led us to consider we might make this a regular gig.