You're in a safe place: community-centred programs supporting the resettlement of Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds

Clarke, Jessamyn and Sheehan, Barry and Bishop, Sue (2014) You're in a safe place: community-centred programs supporting the resettlement of Sudanese people from refugee backgrounds. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 139-159. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1


The number of refugees from Sudan grew significantly in many Australian regions over the period 2000-10 through both primary and secondary resettlement. This included the major Queensland regional city of Toowoomba.
The Sudanese population of Toowoomba faced many challenges, including in relation to education, employment, housing, chronic health issues and social tensions. Members of this group typically came from backgrounds of extreme disadvantage and trauma, centring on the wide-ranging impact of Sudan's protracted civil war, and had subsequent highly challenging refugee experiences.
The challenges for regional cities under these circumstances were considerable, particularly as the level of pre-planning and government assistance provided was limited. In essence, communities were largely left to their own devices to address issues as they arose and to fill the gaps in service requirements. Charitable community organisatioons played a major role in this activity, and an increasingly significant role was played by the local regional university.
This chapter provides a retrospective case example of how community-centred approaches were used to face the challenges of refugee resettlement - a working example of 'community for community' (C4C). This chapter explores the crucial links between educational development and the enhancement of social capital for this newly arrived settler group and the role that community-focused regional universities can play in community capacity building.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 06:36
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 03:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toowoomba; capacity building; community-university relations; Sudanese migrants; refugees; community integration; regional university
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130307 Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940111 Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and Migrant Development and Welfare

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