As part of the our sector development work, the MYAN shares information and resources to support good practice with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.


Good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

Presented by Nadine Liddy (MYAN National Coordinator), Heather Stewart (CMY Regional Coordinator) and hosted by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA), this webinar explored good practice when working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, using the MYAN's  national Youth Settlement Framework (YSF).

The webinar audio and slides are available here and you can access a range of resources on the CFCA website.

Conference, Research Reports and Fact Sheets

Desk review demonstrates need to put adolescents & youth at the centre of programmatic guidelines.

A collaboration between MYAN Australia, the RET International, INEE and NRC to strengthen a focus on youth and adolescents in programming. 

Refugee Youth in Focus National Forum Report 

The MYAN was proud to auspice Australia's first national conference on refugee young people in partnership with the University of Sydney Law School. 
With over 300 representatives working across the education, employment, health, settlement and migration law fields, the forum was a unique and exciting opportunity to engage in the issues facing children and young people in the asylum and settlement contexts, and the sectors supporting them. The conference provided an important platform to explore good targeted approach to youth settlement. 
A selection of workshop presentations from the sessions on Health, Education and Employment Transitions, and Youth-specific Settlement Services are available below.

Nothing for Them: Understanding the Support Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Young Pepople from Refugee and Newly Arrived Backgrounds

La Trobe University's report documents and highlights the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds in Australia. The report aims to:

  • Document the support needs of LGBT young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds
  • Document the current availability of relevant resources and services and identify gaps; and
  • Make sure recommendations about further activities and projects that could be undertaken to improve the outcomes for LGBT young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds.

Migrant Youth in Australia -  Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship

This report presents research findings from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project “Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship Among Migrant Youth in Melbourne and Brisbane”, conducted over a four-year period from 2009 to 2012.

This project involved industry partners that are at the cusp of challenges associated with migrant integration and adaptation.

Research for this report was undertaken by The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG), Deakin University and Monash University in partnership with CMY and Australian Red Cross.

25 years of the CRoC in Ausralia

The Australian Child Rights Taskforce have released a report 25 years after Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The report considers the progress for children across a number of key social policy areas and notes that while considerable progress has been made in protecting child rights in Australia, there are a number of entrenched challenges that still need to be addressed. 

Education and Employment

Facilitating the Transition to Employment for Refugee Young People Report

Commissioned by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundatio, this report from CMY presents the challenges faced by young people arriving in Australia under the Humanitarian Program and reinforces the importance of appropriate services to support the specific needs of young people from refugee backgrounds.

Pathways and Transitions: Post-compulsory Education, Work and Refugee Young People

A report of the post-compulsory Education Working Group of the Victorian Settlement Planning Committee setting out a range of strategies, pathways and recommendations to address the education, training and employment needs of young people of refugee background.

Investing in the Future: Refugee Children and Young People

This extract from a UHCR document outlines the particular needs of refugee children and young people which should be taken into account in integration planning.

Youth Employment in New and Emerging Communities -Factsheet

Employment plays a foundational role in the successful settlement of new and emerging communities and contributes to fostering social cohesion, independence, individual self-esteem and wellbeing. This factsheet aims to provide information on some of the key issues identified by newly-arrived youth as the main barriers to employment. The information it provides is based on community views presented to FECCA through community consultations and surveys.

Economic, social and civic contributions of first and second generation humanitarian entrants

This research seeks to answer the question: what are the economic, social and civic contributions to Australia of first and second generation Humanitarian Program entrants? It involves analysis of Census data, interviews with families and in-depth discussions with organisations such as employment, education and refugee service providers.

Housing and Homelessness

Finding home in Victoria: Refugee and migrant young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

A Centre for Multicultural Youth publication highlighting the importance of obtaining appropriate, affordable and secure housing is to support the effective resettlement of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

Hidden homelessness: the impact of refugee homelessness on newly arrived youth

An Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors report assessing the extent, nature and impact of homelessness among young people aged between 16 and 25 years, who have been resettled in Australia through the humanitarian program.

Health and Well Being

Promoting Sexual Health Amongst Resettled Youth with Refugee Backgrounds

A study of how resettled youth with refugee backgrounds access, interpret and implement sexual health information. This study focused on how resettled youth with refugee backgrounds access, interpret and implement sexual health information.  The study identifies issues that are specific to young people with refugee backgrounds, due to their experiences of forced migration and displacement and to the challenges of the post-migration context in Australia. It also indicates that a range of other factors, including gender, socio-cultural frameworks and socio-economic status, influence the ways in which newly arrived young people learn about sex, their experience of relationships and sexual activity, and their attitudes towards risk and protective behaviours.

Kids Helpline information sheet: cultural and linguistic diversity (CALD)

This information sheet includes issues affecting CALD children and young people; CALD young people and mental health; CALD help-seeking behaviour; and the type of support Kids Helpline provides to CALD young people.

Barriers to and facilitators of utilisation of mental health services by young people of refugee backgrounds

Report on a Victorian research project exploring the perspectives of experienced practitioners – working in mental health services or in contact with mental health services- about “what works” and “what does not work” in successfully engaging young people from refugee backgrounds with mental health services.

Racism and Race Relations

Race Relations: Racism in Victoria Statewide Forum report

A Centre for Multicultural Youth forum report on contemporary manifestations of racism; the legal architecture relating to racial discrimination in Victoria; CMY’s engagement with  racism over the past 25 years; and migrant and refugee young people’s experiences of and views on racism. 

National Anti-Racism Strategy Consultation report

The Australian Human Rights Commission's report on the development of a strategy to address racism experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The MYAN contrbibuted a submission to this strategy in May 2012.


Young People Creating Change: a toolkit for developing advocacy skills with young people

MYAN and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are pleased the launch an exciting resource for young people who want to create change in their communities.

The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) partnered with MYAN to adapt AYAC’s original toolkit, to ensure that it is inclusive of young people from CaLD backgrounds.

The new Toolkit is designed as a resource for young people and those who work with young people, to deliver a 2-day introductory training program.  This program includes an introduction to advocacy activities and skills; the opportunity to explore how young people might apply these skills and promote their own ideas; and practical strategies for creating change in their community. It encourages young people to build on their existing experience, knowledge and stories. 

Youth Settlement

Settlement outcomes of new arrivals

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) provides on-arrival and post-arrival support to new entrants in most need so that they can establish themselves and develop connections to mainstream services. To inform these settlement services, DIAC commissioned this study to obtain a better understanding of how Humanitarian Program entrants are faring during their first five years in Australia and to help identify what factors contribute to successful settlement.

In our own words - African Australians: A review of human rights and social inclusion issues

This Australian Human Rights Commission publication is a presentation of the issues, solutions and best practice as identified by African Australians, complemented by observations and suggestions from other government and non-government stakeholders.

Rights of passage – two years on: The experiences of Australian-Sudanese young people

A Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VHREOC) report examing the developments there have been in the two years following the Rights of Passage report, to further the recommendations of the report.

Refugee Status Report

A report from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Child and Adolescent Monitoring System on how refugee children and young people in Victoria are faring.

Rethinking the Guardianship of Refugee Children after the Malaysian Solution

Mary Crock and Mary Anne Kenny explore the challenges for the Australian government of the arrival of children seeking asylum in Australia without a parent or guardian, including the central problem of the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship's responsibility as guardian. 

Other Relevant Materials

Age determination in refugee children

A health focused journal article exploring the complexities of age assessment and the implications of unknown ages for young people of refugee background. The report also explains the implications for medical care, education, socialisation, and for legal reasons arising from age determination.

What is a Youth Service? A guide for families wanting to find out more about youth services in Australia

A Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues publication designed for families who have migrated to Australia and would like to better understand the role of youth services and how they work with young people.

Good Practice Guides

The following Centre for Multicultural Youth resources are designed for workers supporting young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds.

Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds with caring responsibilities

Youth work in the family context

Working with interpreters

Culturally competent intake and assessment

Culturally competant youth work