Learn about SSI’s pledge at the Global Refugee Forum

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One of our Major Partners for Refugee Alternatives 2020 is Settlement Services International (SSI) and ACCESS. We asked SSI to share with us some of their recent work in the lead up to the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in December 2019. We will hear more about the GRF in the opening session ‘ The Challenge of Change’ and from speakers across a number of sessions. 

Find out about SSI’s community sponsorship pledge at the GRF right here…

At the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in Geneva in December 2019, Settlement Services International (SSI) launched an open pledge supporting an affordable, inclusive program for community sponsorship of refugees in Australia.

 The GRF served as a collective effort to respond to the needs of refugees and the communities that host them. It brought together the international community to demonstrate solidarity with the world’s refugees, announce pledges and contributions and to commit to a continued search for solutions.

The forum received 840 pledges by stakeholders across government, private sector and civil society.

SSI submitted pledges in the Solutions and Jobs and Livelihoods categories. Its pledge to support a community sponsorship program in Australia was made with 65 other community groups. The pledge has since harnessed 82 signatories.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said Australia could build a model based on Canada’s scheme.

“We’re urging others to join and endorse the pledge to help get a new community refugee sponsorship scheme up and running,” Ms Roumeliotis said.

“Imagine how proud Australia could be if we showcased an inclusive and affordable model at the next Global Refugee Forum in 2023.”

SSI also supported the development and launch of the Refugee Participation Guidelines and co-signed the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees pledge on refugee engagement with the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. You can learn more about the community sponsorship pledge here.

One of our Major Partners for Refugee Alternatives 2020 is Settlement Services International (SSI) and ACCESS. We asked SSI to share with us some of their recent work in the lead up to the Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in December 2019. We will hear more about the GRF in the opening session ‘ The Challenge of Change’ and from speakers across a number of sessions. 

Find out about SSI’s community sponsorship pledge at the GRF right here…

At the first Global Refugee Forum (GRF) in Geneva in December 2019, Settlement Services International (SSI) launched an open pledge supporting an affordable, inclusive program for community sponsorship of refugees in Australia.

 The GRF served as a collective effort to respond to the needs of refugees and the communities that host them. It brought together the international community to demonstrate solidarity with the world’s refugees, announce pledges and contributions and to commit to a continued search for solutions.

The forum received 840 pledges by stakeholders across government, private sector and civil society.

SSI submitted pledges in the Solutions and Jobs and Livelihoods categories. Its pledge to support a community sponsorship program in Australia was made with 65 other community groups. The pledge has since harnessed 82 signatories.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said Australia could build a model based on Canada’s scheme.

“We’re urging others to join and endorse the pledge to help get a new community refugee sponsorship scheme up and running,” Ms Roumeliotis said.

“Imagine how proud Australia could be if we showcased an inclusive and affordable model at the next Global Refugee Forum in 2023.”

SSI also supported the development and launch of the Refugee Participation Guidelines and co-signed the Asia Pacific Network of Refugees pledge on refugee engagement with the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands. You can learn more about the community sponsorship pledge here.

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