A Refugee's Journey Towards Belonging and Thriving

A Refugee's Journey Towards Belonging and Thriving

Embarking on a refuge journey is not an easy one, they leave behind their complete lives fleeing conflict and persecution, but their journey doesn’t finish there. They come to countries like Australia to reach their dreams. Dreams full of courage and resilience. They come here to thrive and succeed, and our inspiring Settlement Case Manager, Suheir, is a vivid example of that. The Gold Coast Bulletin featured her story back in Palestine.

Suheir came to Australia in 2010 from Palestine. She brought diverse stories, skills, and aspirations to this country. Her journey in Australia has been extraordinary, and that’s why her desire is to help refugees and migrants in their settlement process and to find a sense of belonging, which involves adapting to a new environment, learning a different language, and navigating unfamiliar systems.

Despite the challenges, they emerge as pillars of strength and resilience, embodying the spirit of hope and determination that defines their journey to a new beginning in Australia. Nearly one million refugees have settled in the country since World War II.

According to the Settlement Council of Australia, “Migration is a core part of Australia’s story. Unless we are First Nations People, we are of migrant origin. With both the migration and humanitarian intakes increasing, Australia is set to welcome approximately 1 million people over the next five years.”

In Suheir’s words, “Now is the opportune moment to take on a more prominent role in the settlement sector. Join the advocacy and contribute to the necessary changes that address our specific needs on the Gold Coast.”

Suheir, we feel very proud of you and know your passion for creating positive change in multicultural communities so that they can succeed and thrive.

If you want to read Suheir’s story, click here