Public lecture to explore migrant safety

La Trobe community development expert Dr Julie Rudner says that migrant sense of safety is a pressing issue as the Central Victorian population booms.

Dr Rudner will present the results of the latest University research around migrants' experiences including accessing housing, work and study in the region at a free public lecture at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre.

'Two Sides to Every Story: Migrants Sense of Safety in Bendigo', is supported by ABC Central Victoria and will take place on Thursday 22 May.

'Migrant sense of safety is affected by political rhetoric relating to immigration, as well as increased incidences of racial incivilities and violence experienced by international students, migrants and minority groups,' said Dr Rudner.

Dr Rudner said the dramatic growth in migrant population over the past decade is expected to continue.

'To ensure population growth and associated development, it is important to address real and perceived safety issues of skilled migrants, international students and migrants with a refugee background.

'Our discussions will look at how they use public urban spaces, find housing and jobs and locate these everyday practices within the context of local planning and social policy.'

Dr Rudner will be joined by Noemi Cummings, Executive Officer of Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, Inc to explore issues of safety and social inclusion experienced by migrants. 

The research project was funded as part of the Victorian Government's Community Crime Prevention Program.

This lecture is part of the Arts and Planning Forum 2014, presented by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University Bendigo and ABC Central Victoria.

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