Celebrating International Migrants Day

“Throughout human history, migration has been a courageous expression of the individual’s will to overcome adversity and to live a better life.”  International Migrants Day. 2018   World Health Organisation.  Link:  http://www.who.int/life-course/news/events/intl-migrants-day/en/

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Remembering and acknowledging our local migrants on International Migrants Day - 18 December 2018 will be an important part of this special day.  This day is about acknowledging personal journeys, hard work and sacrifices made by migrants who have come to Australia.  

This year locally in Griffith and Leeton, we have celebrated the arrival of 6 new Refugee families from Afghanistan and Pakistan along with many other families and people from other countries.  Migrants bring with them diversity of different cultures which enriches and adds to the tapestry of life further enhancing our local community.

Our local community is very diverse with approximately over 100 languages spoken in the local area.  Everyone is very busy working, attending school and there are many local activities held throughout the year such as the Shaheedi Sikh Games and the Griffith Multicultural Festival.

During 2018, Centacare and other service providers as part of the Multicultural Interagency Networking group have held events to acknowledge refugees and migrants living locally. One of the activities was “Kite flying” which is a very popular activity the Middle East.

Harmony Day - 22 March 2018 – Griffith City Park

Harmony Day - 22 March 2018 – Griffith City Park

Griffith City Council provided the MIN group with a Community Grant.  Food was provided from the new Afghani Friendship Restaurant and people also brought along food to share.  The dinner was a lovely evening with lots of food to eat and time to enjoy each other’s company!

Refugee Week Dinner - 21 June 2018 held at Senior Citizens Centre, Griffith

Refugee Week Dinner - 21 June 2018 held at Senior Citizens Centre, Griffith

Cristy Houghton