Key considerations for facilitating employment of female Sudanese refugees in Australia

Desireé Gaillard, Kate Hughes*

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This research is a pilot study on identifying the social initiatives that could potentially provide employment opportunities for female Sudanese refugees settled in western Sydney, Australia. An interpretative ethnographic approach was employed to analyse academic literature, government information and data gathered through in-depth interviews with a not-for-profit organisation working with this community. The outcome of this research emphasises three fundamental questions that relate to community value, customer need and opportunity risk that need to be considered with respect to the limitations that are framed by the social initiatives identified in relation to reducing unemployment for these women. This study revealed an interesting observation: programs that make use of existing skills create new opportunities in the employment market, whereas programmes that provide new skills or a combination of new and existing skills, were more inclined to link to existing opportunities in the employment market.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-690
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Management and Organization
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2014


  • humanitarian visa
  • refugees
  • social initiatives
  • Sudanese women
  • unemployment


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