Local help for Syrians from Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre

THE Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC) in Mirrabooka is assisting the first Syrian refugee family granted visas to settle in Perth.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter said the family of five, including three children, had had several difficult years since fleeing harrowing circumstances in Syria.

The MMRC will provide the family with early and practical support as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Humanitarian Settlement Service (HSS) program.

Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs Concetta Fierravanti-Wells last week released a statement that the father had presented to Australian officials.

The father thanked the Australian Government for opening its doors and providing a better future for his family.

“We would just like to thank everybody for giving us a chance at happiness,” he said.

“I’d like to provide a good education for my children.

“From what I’ve seen just from the Australian embassy in Jordan, Australians are very fair and very kind, and I’m sure that I’ll find the same treatment here as well.

“My most important ambitions are to educate my kids well, to find safety, to get a job, and live in peace.”