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Businesses in Australia take their role as global leaders seriously and want to be among the first to stand alongside UNHCR and the Australian Government in welcoming Syrian refugees to Australia.

The Syrian situation is the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War Two. As global citizens, the business leaders of Australia are committed to extending a hand to support the settlement of 12,000 Syrian refugees.

The Syrian crisis has had tragic results. Over 50 per cent of displaced people are children, many of whom are under 5 years old. Nearly 30 per cent of displaced Syrians are in families headed by females.

This is a global crisis and it demands a universal response. It is not only about meeting the immediate demands but also pledging support for a long-term resettlement process to secure a bright and prosperous future for all Australians.

Australia has a proven track record of building a diverse and integrated multicultural nation. There is a role for all of us, including Australian businesses, to be leaders and champions for our country, encouraging and inspiring our newest Australians to make the most of the opportunities this great nation has to offer.

Australia?s top business leaders, many of whom share their own migration story and a vision for a strong and secure future Australia, are driving the Friendly Nation Initiative. We are calling for Australian businesses big or small to join in welcoming the newest Australians from Syria.

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LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT HAVING THE COURAGE TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP AND RECOGNISE WHEN WE MUST SET AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS

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About the initiative


The Friendly Nation Initiative is a business led strategy that seeks to increase employment, mentoring, training, and internship opportunities for refugees and humanitarian migrants. With a particular focus on the special intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees, it recognises that creating pathways to employment is a crucial step in the process of resettling newly arrived refugees.

Encouraging businesses to play an active leadership role in the resettlement of refugees enhances Australia’s well-known capacity to integrate new populations and will contribute to improving overall integration outcomes.

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Why support the pledge

Your company will benefit from a unique opportunity to visibly support new migrants to Australia as leaders in tackling a global crisis. Australia’s history has strong ties to migration as a key enabler for building this country and our economy.

The Friendly Nation Initiative: Support for Syria is the first of many campaigns to show leadership in welcoming and supporting our nation building agenda in Australia. This is a key step forward in valuing our most precious commodity, the people of Australia.

With over 50 per cent of Australia’s population growth generated by migration, some 200,000 people are settling permanently each year and another half a million temporary migrants live and work here. We must stand united and ready to support Australia’s future goal to be
a country known for its social, cultural and economic leadership.

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Forget the myths. Migrants lift the three “Ps” of high economic growth – population, participation and productivity

 

CARVALHO, P. APRIL 2015
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Syria: What we know

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12.2 million

people in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria

7.6 million

internally displaced people inside Syria


4.6 million

people living in hard to reach areas inside Syria

422,000

people living in besieged areas


4.1 million

Syrian Refugees in the region

2.1 Million

refugees who are children


89% Refugees

residing in host communities

320,000 killed

since the start of the conflict

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The Australian government has committed to resettle an additional 12,000 Syrian refugees.

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How to get involved

Participating in the Friendly Nation Initiative gives businesses the opportunity to become leaders and play an active role in the resettlement of refugees. By partnering with settlement services, businesses can meet their own needs whilst engaging in meaningful corporate social responsibility programs.

The business world has many ways to contribute and commit assistance. The Friendly Nation Initiative is the start of a process that recognises the role Australian business leaders must play alongside government and community leaders to tackle this global crisis. It recognises that most Australians want to help – the same Australians that are your employees, your customers, and your future investors.

We recognise that your company is unique and we welcome the opportunity to work with you to develop a tailored package of support. We recognise that different companies have distinctive strengths and operate at different capacities.

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Corporate
Mates

  • Fund raise within the workforce (casual day, workforce deductions or shared meal)
  • Host a cultural awareness seminar to increase understanding of the Syrian Situation (MCA can coordinate this through your local settlement provider in every state and territory)
  • Corporate Volunteering/ Mentoring

 

Corporate
Mentors

  • Offer industry mentoring such as job ready placements
  • Help retrain or assist refugees in navigating the path to skills recognition
  • Donate services such as banking support services, business planning and related services

 

Corporate
Champions

  • Offer employment training programs to refugees such as traineeships supported by settlement services
  • Sponsor a project or program to assist refugees to settle and gain valuable skills to increase their ability to participate in the workforce
  • Recruit other businesses from your B2B network to pledge to the campaign
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Download the Fact Sheet

1Mb PDF file

Download the Prospectus

3.5Mb PDF file
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For more information contact

Migration Council Australia

Suite 23-34 Level 4,
28 University Ave
Canberra ACT 2601

Post

PO Box 1895
Canberra
ACT 2600

Phone

Phone: +61 (2) 6162 0361

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