IS­SUES FAC­ING IM­MI­GRANTS

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Save the Chil­dren refugee and mi­grant co-or­di­na­tor Chris­tine I'anson said the three big­gest is­sues amongst im­mi­grants who came to the program for help were so­cial iso­la­tion, dif­fi­cul­ties un­der­stand­ing and ac­cess­ing ser­vices and re­quir­ing prac­ti­cal sup­port.

She said a lack of fa­mil­iar­ity, con­fi­dence and English lan­guage skills was one of the big­gest rea­sons they came to It Takes a Vil­lage for help.

“They come for sup­port with ac­cess­ing such ser­vices as the med­i­cal sys­tem, par­tic­u­larly for ante-natal and chil­dren's health is­sues and the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, to sup­port their chil­dren's ed­u­ca­tion, en­rolling chil­dren in school, chang­ing schools and read­ing school reports,” she said.

Ms I'anson said some ex­am­ples of prac­ti­cal sup­port im­mi­grants re­quired were un­der­stand­ing mail, let­ters and forms re­ceived in the post, com­plet­ing forms and seek­ing le­gal aid.

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