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Wollongong City Council

Refugee Communities

The City of Wollongong welcomes refugees.

We have many residents who first came to Wollongong as refugees, and we continue to welcome more people seeking refuge from around the world every year.

Refugees contribute to the cultural richness of our city.

We support our local refugee communities through community-based education programs and Refugee Week activities.

You can read about Wollongong’s refugee communities in the document below:

Refugee Communities in the Illawarra PDF, 89.89 KB

Refugee Week 2020

Refugee Week will take place from 14 - 20 June 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the activities we would normally run to celebrate this week are not able to go ahead.

However you can still celebrate by checking out some of our Refugee Stories, or visit the Refugee Week website for more great activities and resources.

Council also hosts Illawarra Refugee Issues Forum, an interagency group for services working with community members from a refugee background. Call us on (02) 4227 7111 for more information.

Community Hubs are welcoming places where migrant and refugee families, particularly mothers with young children, come to connect, share, and learn.

There are three Community Hubs in the Wollongong area:

Illawarra Refugee Challenge

The Illawarra Refugee Challenge is an interactive learning experience for local students. Watch the video below to find out more.