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Make a difference: 5 ways you can help refugees in your community


Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. Here are five easy things you can do to make your local community an even more welcoming, more supportive and more inclusive place to live.

Did you know?

  • More than half of us were born overseas, or one of our parents was.
  • One in five of us speak a language other than English at home.
  • We practise over 120 different religions.

Most of us agree that our cultural diversity makes Australia a better place to live and that we want to learn about our multicultural communities.

So to help make our communities stronger and more connected, here are five easy things you can do to make a difference in your local community-we're sure you can think of others, too!

1. Get informed

Help dispel myths and misunderstandings about asylum seekers and refugees - take a look at these 13 facts about refugees and asylum seekers.

There are also plenty of ways you can learn more. The following organisations have some great resources:

2. Invite a guest speaker

Suggest that your school or community group learns more by inviting a refugee or migrant to share their story. Hearing first hand about migration experiences can help break down barriers and build understanding.

In many states, Red Cross can help connect you with local community organisations, speakers and resources.

3. Workplace mentoring

Consider whether your workplace could offer mentoring or volunteer opportunities to people from refugee or migrant backgrounds who need support entering the workforce. Red Cross can link you to local organisations that can help you find the right people and make a real difference to someone's future.

4. Invest in a young person's future

Encourage your school or university to help someone from a refugee or migrant background who wants to continue learning but has limited financial support. This could cover tuition, fees, uniforms, or books.

Red Cross is just one of many organisations in the community working to support asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable migrants. If you want to make a positive difference, get in touch with us or a local organisation to find out how you can share your skills.

Find out more about volunteering with Red Cross.

Want more tips?

Download more ideas to help you make a difference in your school, workplace or community.

Red Cross: working with the community to build bridges
For more information or to discuss how you can work with Red Cross to make a difference, please contact your local Red Cross Hub.

Refugee stories: making a difference

Sarmed from Shepparton:

Sarmed from Shepparton: "It's the least I could do"

Elaheh from Melbourne:

Elaheh from Melbourne: "This country and its people helped to make me stronger"

Tara from Adelaide:

Tara from Adelaide: "It's about giving people hope"

Simon from Canberra:

Simon from Canberra: "Cooking for the community is my passion"

How Red Cross makes a difference

Red Cross' Migration Support Programs assist refugees, asylum seekers, people in detention centres, people who may have been trafficked or forced into marriage, people who've been separated from their loved ones and other people who are vulnerable as a result of migration.

We work with people regardless of how they arrived in Australia and regardless of their immigration status because we believe that everyone deserves the right to dignity and respect.

Find out how Red Cross is making a difference to the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants.

To help us, you can donate to our work supporting refugees and asylum seekers in crisis.