Free Second Hand Market Day

Hurray! It's time to put smiles on people's faces again! Our first donations day for 2018 is here! This time, we have collected many second hand home appliances, children's school bags,winter jackets, children's toys, Men's suits, and more. Come early to have enough time to select good items! Please share this with anyone who may have need for these items.

What is This Thing About Refugees’ Integration?

source: www.iamexpat.nl People’s Assumptions on Integration While achieving integration is commonly known as moving to a new place, learning a foreign language and having access to work and housing; from a refugee’s perspective, integration is a much deeper and a more subjective endeavor, which includes rights and responsibilities, but above all, the feeling of being at home. People’s views regarding refugee integration are influenced by the concerns and stereotypes regarding Muslims in the Western World. There is a widespread assumption – most prominent amongst older, less-educated people – that Muslims would like to be among the communities they live in, but also be distinctly different th

Taylor Love Says Goodbye!

My name is Taylor Love and I was an exchange student from the United States studying at the Hague University. I decided to volunteer with Unity in Diversity to teach English while I was completing my studies, because I thought it would be a great way to connect more with the community I was living in. I had an amazing experience with UID both volunteering at an event and teaching English twice a week. While I had some teaching experience, I had not specifically taught English and was a little nervous to start doing so. However, Miracle Uche was very receptive and made the transition very easy and the UID staff was always very warm and welcoming. I absolutely loved teaching English with this

UID's First International Symposium

Exactly a year ago today, we hosted our first international Symposium titled "Refugees and Host Communities; Unity Within Diversity". It is amazing to see how far we've come this past year; meeting, interacting, assisting and working together with wonderful people, making our communities better and more integrated. We thank God for this great progress, and we are grateful to newcomers who joined us, our volunteers, Nigerian embassy the Hague, The Redeemed Christian Church of God Bts Den Haag Ecclesia Language group Leiden, Stichting Nieuwthuis Rotterdam, De wijk helpt Tilburg, our friends, colleagues, Academic and non-academic staff and students of Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University BAI

Refugee mothers’ group hopes to start ‘ripple effect’ to bridge Sydney’s east-west divide

Title: Refugee mothers’ group hopes to start ‘ripple effect’ to bridge Sydney’s east-west divide Type: Article Location: Sydney, Australia Name of Responsible Persons: Raja Yassine Source: ABC News Date: November 22, 2017 The article is based on an event organized on 22nd of November of 2017. Some refugee and migrant mothers travelled to Sydney's Vaucluse House, where they made new friends a group of Australian women by exchanging food. High school teacher Raja Yassine helped in organizing this event, with the help of travel blogger Victoria Ugarte . For many of the women from both groups, it was their first experience in making friends with someone from a very different culture. Aysha Green

Football brings the community together for Darwin’s Refugee World Cup

Title: Football brings the community together for Darwin’s Refugee World Cup. Article: Name of Responsible Persons: Patrick Sim Source: ABC News Date Published: December 3, 2017 The article features final training session before 2017 Darwin Refugee World Cup, when a group of refugees, immigrants and Darwinites with diverse backgrounds gathered to practice together. Patrick Sim, who played key role in organizing the World Cup, explained the benefits of sport in refugee integration: “..it's really great to have a more structured event so that everybody comes together and people form more relationships as the teams meet more and more and it's great for community”. The refugee players testify to

Economic, Civic and Social Contributions of Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants

Title: Economic, Civic and Social Contributions of Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants Type: Literature Review Location: Australia Name of Responsible Persons: Source: Refugee Council of Australia. Date: Unknown This literature review aims to analyze the economic, social and civic contributions of refugees. As part of the review, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) was asked by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to explore the material available on following issues: Avenues for overcoming barriers to successful economic progress, unemployment, and factors which contribute to labor market success. Labor force outcomes of second and third generations. The prevalence of non

Russia: Language school launches integration course for Syrian refugees

Title: Russia: Language school launches integration course for Syrian refugees Type: Youtube Link Location: Moscow, Russia. Name of Responsible Persons: Source: Ruptly TV Date: March 9, 2016 The video features an integration launched in 2016 for Syrian refugees in Moscow by Non-profit charity Civic Assistance Committee. The main purpose of the project is to help people, who fled war in their country, to integrate into Russian society. Svetlana Gannushkina, Chairperson of Civic Assistance Committee explains their motive behind the project: "First of all the main reasons why we have started this project are the following; children are not taken to a school that is why this project is focused p

Beyond the Playing Field: Experiences of Sport, Social Capital and Integration among Somalis in Aust

Title: Beyond the Playing Field: Experiences of Sport, Social Capital and Integration among Somalis in Australia Type: Academic Research Location: Australia Name of Responsible Persons: Ramón Spaaij Source: Victoria University Date: Unknown This paper explores the role of recreational sport as a means and marker of social integration by analyzing the lived experiences of Somali people from refugee backgrounds with sport. Drawing on a three-year multi-sided ethnography, the paper examines the extent to and ways in which participation in sport contributes to Somali Australians' bonding, bridging, and linking social capital. It is shown how social bonds and bridges developed in the sports conte

The Sydney school that’s opened its doors to refugee Mums and Dads

Title: The Sydney school that’s opened its doors to refugee Mums and Dads Type: Project (ongoing) Location: Australia Name of Responsible Persons: Source: sbs.com Date: December 7, 2017 The article discusses the Parents Café Fairfield Inc, formed by NSW’s Fairfield High School, to provide a platform for refugee parents to reconnect with other refugee parents who share the same challenges and carry the same rich history and cultural backgrounds that would otherwise be lost in the many processes of re-settlement. The initiative assists the refugee parents to bond with other refugee parents, to gain essential skills that are required for smooth integration into the host country, such as welfare

#GIRLSONFIRE: THE COOKING SCHOOL OFFERING REFUGEES A SECOND CHANCE

Title: #GIRLSONFIRE: THE COOKING SCHOOL OFFERING REFUGEES A SECOND CHANCE Type: Project (Ongoing) Location: Melbourne, Australia Name of Responsible Persons: Loretta Bolotin and Daniel Source: delicious.com Date: September 24, 2017 The interview at delicious.com features Loretta and Daniel, the couple who formed the enterprise “Free to Feed” – which seeks to minimize barriers and promote socio-cultural integration of the refugee community in Australia through food and stories. Free to Feed runs mobile cooking classes, events and dinners, where the refugee chefs teach how to cook traditional dishes from their countries of origin and share their personal stories. The venture has enabled refuge

Smart Resettlement: A Refugee Success Story from Rural Australia

Title: Smart Resettlement: A Refugee Success Story from Rural Australia Type: Article (blog) Location: Nhill, Australia Source: Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings(Website) Date: August 22, 2017. The article titled “Smart Resettlement: A Refugee Success Story from Rural Australia” by David Smerdon is based on refugee success story from the town of Nhill in rural Australia. Refugees first arrived in the town to work in the local factory. At present, the town is home to about 200 refugees, who have played key role behind a net gain of more than AU $ 42 million over a four-year period. The author argues that the example of Nhill shows that hosting refugees can be less about minimizing burdens and m

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