Armidale revealed as new home for Iraqi and Syrian refugees The humanitarian migrants will arrive in Armidale over six months from February next year.
The announcement is not part of the 12,000 places for Syrian and coach outlet sale 66 Iraqi refugees allocated by the former Abbott Government, which have already coach outlet boots online been filled. Social services minister Christian Porter announced coach outlet handbags vince the new regionalsettlement site in Armidale on Friday, joined by Nationals leaders Barnaby Joyce, whose electorate centres on the town. "This will bea major kick into the Armidaleeconomy," Mr Porter said. "TheIndigenous communityhave been fantastic, the businesscommunity have been amazing andeveryone realises that this is atwo way street where there arebenefits on both sides." The move comes following long term advocacy from Armidale's local council, which two years ago voted unanimouslyto accept Syrians fleeing the country's civil war. Herman Beyersdorf, who was major of Armidale Council before it was amalgamated and placed under administration, said the community was well placed to accept refugees. "Armidale and we're coach outlet store aurora very proud of this is a very multicultural city," Mr Beyersdorf told SBS World News. He said the town has already accepted some refugees from the Middle East and South Sudan in recent years. The regional city has "more than enough" housing, good schools, and a TAFE and a university that offer ESL classes, he said. Services to help the refugees settle in will be provided by Settlement Services International, under a contract with the Department of Social Services. Government confident refugees will find jobs on farms The refugees could help fill labour shortageson farms around the New England region, according to the government. "What we dofind with humanitarian refugeeentrants is an amazingly willingnessto work, particularly associatedwith agricultural industries, wherewe actually find it hard to filljobs at the moment," Mr Porter said. Some could find work on a large tomato farm in Guyra, about a 30 minute drive from Armidale, according to MrBeyersdorf.
He said the company already employed a number of foreigners, including some Pacific Islanders on bridging visas. "I think they'll be absorbed reasonably easily," MrBeyersdorf said. Barnaby Joyce also cited the Guyra tomato factory as a potential employer, whileMr Beyersdorf said otherscould be employed at the local hospital or the university.
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