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Planning for Welcoming & Inclusive Communities: Guidelines for regional growth

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posted on 10.03.2020 by John van Kooy, Rebecca Wickes, Aleem Ali
These guidelines are designed to help regional and remote communities—in partnership with service providers, development authorities and the three tiers of government—to attract, retain and support migrants so that they may flourish in Australia.1

Regional migration can stimulate economic growth and revitalise communities, while offering new migrants opportunities to integrate into Australian society. However, not all regional destinations are the same. Like cities, regional areas have diverse community, social and economic profiles. This is why a place-based, community driven approach to migration and settlement – that considers the unique characteristics of each regional location – is critical. This will give local communities and migrants every chance to enjoy economic development and social cohesion.

The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) and Welcoming Cities have developed this resource to help communities assess the readiness of local stakeholders to welcome new arrivals to the community and to inform the design of regional migrant settlement initiatives. This project has been supported by the Queensland Government through the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs.





1. We broadly adopt the ABS definitions of ‘regional’ and ‘remote’ for this publication, which is based on ‘the calculated road distances to the nearest service centres.’ We acknowledge the importance of allowing communities to self-define their classification as regions.

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