In partnership with La Trobe University, the Brotherhood conducted research into local employment issues for refugees in the City of Hume.

Refugees are increasingly being resettled on the outskirts of big cities. Places like the City of Hume, which is already very diverse, are welcoming many newly arrived refugees. This can be a ‘win–win’ for the local community and for refugees – if they can be matched to good jobs.

How can we support refugees to find employment in these ‘urban fringe’ areas? What are the different roles for employers, local council, service providers and community groups?

This qualitative research project explored work and economic security for refugees in the City of Hume, from the perspectives of the local community. We interviewed representatives of:

  • settlement service providers
  • employment services or training providers
  • cultural groups or networks
  • local employers.

This study had research ethics approval from the La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee, application reference number E17-071.

Contact Dina Bowman


Martina Boese, John van Kooy and Dina Bowman 2018 Humanitarian migrants, work and economic security on the urban fringe: how policies and perceptions shape opportunities (PDF, 1.6 MB)

Conference Presentation

Martina Boese, Dina Bowman and John van Kooy 2017 Humanitarian migrants, work and economic security in the urban fringe (PDF, 395 KB)

Research Team

BSL- Dr Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow, Research and Policy Centre
La Trobe University - Dr Martina Boese, Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Sciences