A Scoping Project: Refugee Child and Family Experiences of Resettlement in the ACT


Prof Morag McArthur, Vicky Saunders, Bronwyn Thomson

Funding Source:

ACU Faculty Linkage Grant, and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


The aim of this research was to scope the boundaries and possible methodologies of future research into refugee children and their families' experience of settling into Australian communities.

One of the major challenges facing the world today is protecting refugees who have been forced to leave their homes for fear of death or persecution due to either armed conflict or human rights abuses. This project sought to identify critical areas of vulnerability and resilience during this transition and the formal and informal processes that can transform risk trajectories into adaptive pathways. This was achieved by exploring refugee families' and children's lived experiences and by analysing how they were constructed and responded to as refugees.


Research monograph

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., Moore, T., Inglis, A., & Golic, V. (2012). Getting it right: how best to engage refugee children and their parents in research about their Resettlement in Australia. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Associated publications:

Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2013). Getting it right: Research with refugee background children. In K. De Gioia & P. Whiteman (Eds), Immigrant and Refugee Families (pp. 23-40). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.