Wollongong has a long history as a place of settlement for refugees, including the European communities who arrived after World War II, the Vietnamese in the 1970s, and Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian communities in the 1990s. The most recently arrived people are from the Middle East, Burma and African nations. A strong network of local services exists to support their settlement.
Wollongong’s small but growing refugee population is made up of a diverse number of ethnic and language groups. There is also diversity within our refugee communities regarding education levels, literacy and language skills, and health status. Many have been born outside their country, usually in a refugee camp.
Wollongong City Council publicly declared our city as a Refugee Welcome Zone in 2002, and continues a strong message of welcome to newly arrived refugees.
Council supports the work of the settlement services sector and is active in Refugee Week activities, and community-based education programs.
If you're interested in volunteer work supporting our local refugee communities, see the document below for more information.