Refugees experience traumatic life events with impacts ampliﬁed in regional and rura lareas due to barriers accessing services. This study examined the factors inﬂuencing the lived experience of resettlement for former refugees in regional Launceston, Australia, including environmental, social, and health-related factors. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted with adult and youth community members from Burma, Bhutan, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iran, and Sudan, and essential service providers (n = 31). Thematic analysis revealed four factors as primarily inﬂuencing resettlement: English language proﬁciency; employment, education and housing environments and opportunities; health status and service access; and broader social factors and experiences. Participants suggested strategies to overcome barriers associated with these factors and improve overall quality of life throughout resettlement. These included ﬂexible English language program delivery and employment support, including industry-speciﬁc language courses; the provision of interpreters; community events fostering cultural sharing, inclusivity and promoting well-being;and routine inclusion of nondiscriminatory,culturally sensitive,trauma-informed practices throughout a former refugee’s environment, including within education, employment, housing and service settings.
Factors Shaping the Lived Experience of Resettlement for Former Refugees in Regional Australia