Refugees in 2019: Responding to record high levels of displacement

With unprecedented numbers of displaced people, what are the opportunities and challenges for refugees globally, and in Australia?

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We are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record, according to the United Nations. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home.

In this Brotherhood Talk, a range of BSL managers and staff provide perspectives and insights based on their rich professional and lived experience.

Executive Director Conny Lenneberg draws on her extensive international development experience in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Principal research fellow Dr Dina Bowman leads our Research and Policy Centre research on economic security and employment, and explores the current labour market landscape.

And staff from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, with professional and lived experience, share their insights in a panel discussion:

  • Joseph Youhana is Settlement, Youth and Families manager and supports the work of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the UN Human Rights Council;
  • Heikma Siraj is a recruitment and field officer with Given the Chance, a program which supports disadvantaged jobseekers including people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds;
  • Noura Hachem is a recruitment and employer engagement coordinator with Given the Chance; and
  • Mubarek Imam is a youth coach in our Broadmeadows youth employment program.

This public talk was hosted by the BSL Research and Policy Centre on 20 June 2019 to mark World Refugee Day.

Refugees in 2019 transcript (PDF, 54.6 KB)
40 minutes 48 seconds
September 2019
Aysha Zackariya, Raashid Zubair and Sharon Lee
Lee Rosevere



Four people speaking on a panel
Joseph Youhana, Heikma Siraj, Noura Hachem and Mubarek Imam
Woman and man standing in front of a Brotherhood of St Laurence banner
Conny Lenneberg and Joseph Youhana
Woman standing in front of a Brotherhood of St Laurence banner
Dr Dina Bowman