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Sarah Janali

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Western Australia Social Welfare > Immigrants And Refugees
To investigate municipal policies/programs that enhance the integration of migrant and refugee communities - Canada, USA, Belgium, Germany
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Highlights & key lessons learned

This Fellowship provided me with an opportunity to learn about many innovative projects, programs and strategies that local governments are implementing to create welcoming and enabling environments for migrants and refugees. The key learnings and recommendations that have emerged from this research relate to the role of local government in:

  • Building a welcoming community through local leadership, creating social capital, promoting social inclusion and addressing racism and discrimination 
  • Planning for migration and diversity in ways that engage community as partners and define long term strategic objectives
  • Enhancing newcomer integration through targeted information /engagement strategies and addressing barriers to participation 
  • Delivering accessible and responsive services through language access policies, dedicated staff, consultation, research partnerships and applying a ‘newcomer lens’ to service planning and delivery
  • Knitting things together through partnerships, information coordination and multi stakeholder collaborations that promote local service coordination 
  • Working together and learning from each other through platforms that provide opportunities for local governments to collaborate in ways that enhance their capacity to respond to migration and cultural diversity
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