Download the Opening Doors booklet (PDF, 1.5MB)
Our Multicultural Communities Team (previously known as the Ecumenical Migration Centre) has been supporting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers since 1956. The Opening Doors booklet (PDF, 1.5MB), launched by the Victorian Governor in November 2016, captures some of the highlights.
Former staffers reflect on their experiences at the Ecumenical Migration Centre.
'Once again the EMC was responding to the newcomer, or welcoming the stranger amongst us, in its original ecumenical sense. It exemplified why we played such a crucial and unique role in the development of multicultural Australia.'
'The recognition of the importance of diversity was light years away from what it is now. We helped shape it and were shaped by it.'
'It was a successful project because we involved the African community. EMC approached people from a position of equality.'
'EMC is a sense that we are creating an inclusive society that understands that there are differences in languages and culture and so on. It's a sense of being understood as much as possible.'
'Work can be achieved with good collaboration. To change society you really need an understanding of each other.'
'As people developed confidence and got jobs, I could see more light in their eyes.'
'We were of the view that communities must instigate and own their own change. That the power must be with the women involved for it to have success.'
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The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.
Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.