Hume Refugee Expo celebrates refugees and asylum seekers

As part of 2017 National Refugee Week, Hume City Council hosted a Refugee Expo which celebrated the stories and triumphs of refugees and asylum seekers in Hume.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop said the Refugee Expo presented an opportunity for refugees to engage with locals and foster deeper community connections and new friendships.

“The Refugee Week Expo allowed us to celebrate and recognise the contributions of Hume’s refugees, asylum seekers and the broader community through showcasing free programs, activities and services that are available in the City,” Cr Jessop said.

The Refugee Expo is an initiative of Hume City Council’s Multicultural Action Plan working group, which advances the Multicultural Action Plan 2014 - 2018 developed in 2007.

“We have residents from more than 160 countries, practicing 25 different faiths and speaking approximately 140 different languages - we have never been more culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse than we are today,” Cr Jessop said.

”Each refugee’s story is highly inspirational and their lives truly help enrich our City.

“This diversity contributes to the very fabric of Hume through the variety of perspectives, cultural ideas and experiences.

“These diverse voices are also crucial to ensuring a socially-just future for Hume City.

“We want to continue to encourage greater cultural harmony and social cohesion amongst diverse community groups in our City.

“Our diversity helps to create a resilient community, which adapts and thrives in response to challenges and opportunities.

“These are the same empowering strengths that we see and celebrate in our refugees.”

In May 2016, Hume City Council resolved to join the Welcoming Cities Network, which helps governments, businesses and individuals to create inclusive communities.

“Hume is proud to be one of 143 municipalities across Australia that has formally pledged to be a ‘Welcome Zone’ for refugees and asylum seekers,” Cr Jessop said.

“As part of this commitment, Council helps newly-arrived families to engage in community activities, while encouraging people to be welcoming and inclusive.”

Posted on 10:00 AM, 21 June 2017

Updated : 5:03 PM, 21 June 2017

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