Measures needed to include refugee men

A new longitudinal study — SettleMEN: Health and settlement among men from refugee backgrounds living in South East Queensland — has found a pressing need to tackle barriers in economic participation and reduce discrimination of men from refugee backgrounds.

“One third of refugee and humanitarian entrants to Australia are adult men. The most important implications of the SettleMEN study for policy makers, employers, service providers, and host communities is that economic participation underpins the wellbeing and successful integration of men from refugee backgrounds for their families and the whole Australian community,” the study authors said.

“Discrimination in rural and regional areas is a particular challenge that requires specific targeted strategies and whole of local government approaches.”

Conducted between 2008 and 2010, the SettleMEN study followed a cohort of 233 recently arrived men from refugee backgrounds living in urban and regional areas of South East Queensland.

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