Refugees and settlement

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The Brotherhood's Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) has been working with new arrivals since 1956. Today, the EMC, together with the African Australian Community Centre (AACC), leads the Brotherhood’s work with refugees. 

What we do

The Brotherhood offers:

Are you a service provider who wants to improve their ability to work with culturally diverse individuals and families? The Brotherhood's Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) offers interactive cross-cultural responsiveness training.

What Works DVD

Our What Works DVD is available from the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC) and can be viewed below. The DVD was created by the Employment Action for Refugees Network, which is supported by the Brotherhood's EMC and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.

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You can support our work by making a charitable gift, or volunteering your time.

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2015 Stepping Stones intake now open!

In 2015, our Stepping Stones micro-enterprise training program for women will be delivered in Brimbank, Whittlesea and Hume.

Information sessions for referring agencies, potential business mentors and potential participants for the Brimbank program will be held at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre in Sunshine.

1pm-3pm, 25 Feb 2015 - for referring agencies and potential mentors (see flyer)

1pm-3pm, 11 March 2015 - for potential participants (see flyer)

Submission regarding the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

The Brotherhood of St Laurence recently made a submission on the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014. Our primary recommendation is that this Bill be rejected, so that people seeking Australia’s protection are treated fairly under the Migration Act, with permanent protection remaining available to those found to be refugees, regardless of their mode or date of arrival.

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