The New South Wales regional city of Armidale has volunteered to resettle 200 refugees from Iraq and Syria as part of Australia’s humanitarian migration program next year.
The deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce announced the move – to his electorate – would begin from February next year.
“Armidale is a good fit for a new regional settlement location for humanitarian entrants to Australia,” Joyce said.
“It has a strong, welcoming community demonstrated by the fact that this push for the city to be a settlement location for refugees was driven by the community itself.
“I have absolutely no doubt that Armidale will work closely with the refugees settling here to ensure they can take up all the opportunities available to those who choose to embrace the great lifestyle available in regional Australia.”
Joyce said that many of those settling had endured “unimaginable circumstances which have torn families apart” but that Armidale had the necessary services to support them in integrating into their new country.
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