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5 ways you can help refugees

Easy things you can do to make your local community an even more welcoming, more inclusive place to live.

Red Cross volunteer helping a refugee in our community garden.

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!

Tip 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:

SBS Go Back to Where You Came From 
Refugee Council of Australia 
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Tip 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.

Tip 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.

Tip 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.

Tip 5: Share your skills  

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.

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