What would a family need to start a new life in a distant country? Somewhere to live? Learn a new language? Find a way to earn an income? And a school for their kids? The list goes on – and on.
In July a report in the Post (Warm welcome awaits refugee family) told of how a Syrian refugee family will very soon be arriving in our community with all these needs and more. They will arrive as part of a new approach to settling refugees on Humanitarian visas. It is known as the Community Refugee Initiative Support Program (CRISP), and relies largely on specially trained community groups to support the refugees for their first 12 months in Australia.