Atem Atem – Settlement Experiences of South Sudanese in Western Sydney

Atem Atem PhD Presentation

Families in Western Sydney In the Search for the Good Life: Settlement Experiences of South Sudanese

This research explores the settlement experiences of South Sudanese humanitarian migrants who have arrived in Australia between late 1990s and late 2000s. South Sudanese came to Australia in the search for the good life. They came with high settlement expectations and aspirations. However, on arrival South Sudanese humanitarian migration became a public concern with authorities declaring the settlement policy a failure in 2007.

Atem’s PhD examines the settlement experience of South Sudanese humanitarian migrants in Western Sydney through charting the pre-migration and post-migration forces shaping immigrant experiences in Australia. The thesis prioritises the perspectives of South Sudanese migrants through exploring how South Sudanese traditional ways of life, socio-cultural, economic and political arrangements were reshaped by war, displacement and asylum experiences before their arrival in Australia. The thesis also investigates how migrants navigated societal and institutional responses in Australia using theories of social justice and social citizenship to examine the constant dialogues between migrants and the host society over the meaning of Australian identity and migrant settlement.

Jean Martin Room, Beryl Rawson Building and via Zoom

Mon. 22 Feb 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT

To Register

Government House Workshop Invitation

This network has received a flyer (shown below) from Bradley Innes of the Royal Commonwealth Society (ACT Branch). The RCS is seeking expressions of interest  from students from Commonwealth countries to attend an afternoon of workshopping at Government house on Tuesday the 9th of March. The workshop shall be conducted as part of the celebrations of Commonwealth week, where the workshop’s theme will focus on democracy in the modern era. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for aspiring leaders to hear from leading ACT scholars as well as meet Australia’s current Governor General. 

If you have any further questions on how to apply or more about the workshop in general, please read the following flyer or please feel free to get back in contact with Bradley.

The Royal Commonwealth Society (ACT Branch) has been asked to help facilitate a Student Workshop at Government House in Canberra during Commonwealth Week 2021.

The Government-General, HE the Hon General David Hurley AC DSC, will be inviting a select group of up to 30 students from Commonwealth countries studying in Canberra to participate in a Workshop on a theme relevant to democracy in the modern Commonwealth. It will feature a keynote speaker and group discussions.
This is a unique opportunity for Commonwealth students to learn about the topic from senior scholars, as well as participate in meaningful conversations about the Commonwealth in its current landscape.
The provisional details are as follows:
• Date: Tuesday 9 March 2021 approx. 2-5pm
• Location: Government House, Dunrossil Drive, Yarralumla
• Number of participants: Max. 30

If you would like to participate, you must be a student from a Commonwealth country studying in an ACT institution. There are no specific requirements in terms of degree or academic level.

No payment will be required for this workshop. Food and refreshments will likewise be provided.

To register your interest in the workshop please provide answers on the form here.
We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Issues facing diaspora communities in Australia

The report of the Senate Committee on the above topic can be found at

Submissions relevant to Africa include the following
11. Federation of Equatoria Community Association in Australia Inc (FECAA)
25. African Australian Advocacy Centre
39. Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC)
43. South Sudanese Community Association in Victoria
69. Community of South Sudan & Other Marginalised Areas in NSW
82. Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations