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Factors shaping the lived experience of resettlement for former refugees in regional Australia


Smith, L and Hoang, Ha and Reynish, T and McLeod, K and Hannah, C and Auckland, S and Slewa-Younan, S and Mond, J, Factors shaping the lived experience of resettlement for former refugees in regional Australia, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (2) Article 501. ISSN 1661-7827 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph17020501


Refugees experience traumatic life events with impacts amplified in regional and rural areas due to barriers accessing services. This study examined the factors influencing the lived experience of resettlement for former refugees in regional Launceston, Australia, including environmental, social, and health-related factors. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted with adult and youth community members from Burma, Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iran, and Sudan, and essential service providers (n = 31). Thematic analysis revealed four factors as primarily influencing resettlement: English language proficiency; employment, education and housing environments and opportunities; health status and service access; and broader social factors and experiences. Participants suggested strategies to overcome barriers associated with these factors and improve overall quality of life throughout resettlement. These included flexible English language program delivery and employment support, including industry-specific language courses; the provision of interpreters; community events fostering cultural sharing, inclusivity and promoting well-being; and routine inclusion of nondiscriminatory, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed practices throughout a former refugee’s environment, including within education, employment, housing and service settings.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:refugees, resettlement lived experience, social environment, refugee health, public health, quality of life, health services, housing, qualitative research, regional and rural Australia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Demography
Research Field:Migration
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Multicultural services
UTAS Author:Smith, L (Mrs Laura Grattidge)
UTAS Author:Hoang, Ha (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Reynish, T (Ms Tamara Reynish)
UTAS Author:McLeod, K (Dr Kim McLeod)
UTAS Author:Hannah, C (Dr Chona Hannah)
UTAS Author:Auckland, S (Mr Stuart Auckland)
ID Code:137887
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2020-03-11
Last Modified:2020-04-09
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