Perpetual Insecurity 4k - Fostering Community


Fostering Community as an act of defiance

[imagecaption] Food for Thought Dinner – Persian Feast, Centre for Stories, Whadjuk Nyoongar Country, 2016. Photo: Marziya Mohammedali. [/imagecaption]


While there are intentional barriers put in place to prevent asylum seekers from connecting with the broader community, there are also examples of people overcoming these barriers. An example of this is Tamil Feasts, a social enterprise that brings people together over a meal and provides employment for Tamil men who have recently been released from detention and settled in Melbourne.

In Sydney, the café Parliament on King similarly provides employment and training opportunities in hospitality for people who’ve recently settled in Australia.

Initiatives like these, while often small, are examples of people challenging government policies that seek to punish, isolate and marginalise refugees.


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