The chapter highlights some of the salient issues for new immigrants from a refugee background in the Riverina region of New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Each new group of migrants experiences settlement differently due to a wide range of factors relating to the migrants' culture of origin as well as the culture of the host community. The selected groups of recent migrants to the Riverina examined in this research are the African and Burmese in Wagga Wagga (Wagga), Afghans in Griffith and Bhutanese in Albury. By employing exploratory and qualitative research methods, the study investigates how these four new communities have been experiencing settlement and gives voice to their experiences. The resettlement of people from refugee backgrounds in regional areas is an Australian government initiative reflecting similar situations in other migration countries, such as Canada and the United Kingdom. Key objectives are to ease congestion in metropolitan areas, address labour shortage in some rural sectors, particularly agriculture, and reduce concentration of migrants in major cities. Some migrants with a refugee background also choose to relocate to rural and regional areas and tend to be attracted by affordable housing and employment in rural industries such as meatworks and farm work. This research found refugee immigrants appreciate the lifestyle and opportunities offered in rural Australia, but experienced difficulties related to limited services compared with metropolitan centres. Limitations largely related to the small size of rural communities which fail to attract the critical mass needed to provide some ethno-specific services.
|Title of host publication||Rural lifestyles, community well-being and social change|
|Subtitle of host publication||Lessons from country Australia for global citizens|
|Editors||Angela T Ragusa|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Bentham Science Publishers|
|Number of pages||61|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|