Housing

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Many refugees find themselves in housing stress. Because of rising house prices they are unable to afford rising house prices so often find themselves in shared accomodation. Refugees often find themselves further disadvantaged by being in over crowded conditions, poorly maintained premises by the landlord and far from public transport and work opportunities. There is evidence suggesting that since the rising prices of housing refugees (who are low income earners) have very little opportunity to refuse housing because of low standards. As a result of this they have to accept housing no matter how poor the conditions are and have very little chopice over things such as gas, water or engergy saving. They usually end up living in housing that for other Australians would be unacceptable, but often do not voice any complaints in fear of losing housing. (Refugee Council of Australia, 2008)

(Source: www.refugeecouncil.org.au/docs/resources/submissions/2008-09_intakesub.pdf )

Beer. A and Foley P. 2003. Final Report No: 48. Housing need and provision for recently
arrived refugees in Australia
• Proper and affordable housing plays an important role in the successful settlement and integration
of refugees and other immigrants into Australian society.
• In obtaining affordable housing refugees and immigrants are faced with several types of barriers,
such as; discrimination by real estate agents and landlords on the basis of race, gender, age and
social status (especially social security recipients), as well as financial barriers to rent proper
accommodation, as they are among low income earners.
• Employment status plays an important role in finding proper accommodation for refugees and
immigrants.
• Refugees and most immigrants who arrived in Australia between 1999 and 2003 were
accommodated in community housing or stayed with their families and friends for the first weeks,
before renting through private rental markets.
• Of the 178 refugees and 153 Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders who were interviewed by
AHURI Southern Research Centre, 27% indicated that low income and other financial problems
had influenced their ability to pay rent, find resources to pay their bond and utility deposits, and
Literature review on housing affordability.About 24% of them (especially families with children) struggled to find appropriate
accommodation, they could afford.
• There are a number of problems that refugees and immigrants have in relation to their current
accommodation, such as: too expensive, overcrowded, too small, old with maintenance problems,
lack of privacy and most importantly isolated and far from employment, schools and other
services. (AHURI Final Report; 2003)"

(Source: www.ahuri.edu.au/publications/p40048 )

Due to the rising house prices and the unfair matter that Refugees are often treated in, housing is a big problem for them as they are often forgotten and end up in places that many Australian's would never live in. As a result of this their situation is often perpetuated as they are put in geographical areas with few resources and limited employment. Refugees when looking at properties are faced with many obsticles such as dsicrimination of race or apearance is often extremly hard to prove, the fact that many Refugees have come from countries that you cannot speak out against people who have more power than you, the lanuage barriors, and that refugees often do not know how to locate resources. As a result of this they are often left with the bottom or the real estate market.