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Welcoming refugees in Knox

Daniel and his family arrived in Australia as refugees in 2019.

Originally from Burma (now known as Myanmar), Daniel and his family are Karen, an ethnic group from Karen State, located in the east of the country. Over recent years, the Karen have been subjected to religious and ethnic persecution by the government.

"The military used to come to attack our peaceful life. When they would come in, all the people in the village would be scared" Daniel explained.

Daniel is the third generation in his family to live in fear so he made the decision to migrate to Australia in search of safety and security for himself and his family. He now lives in Knox with his family where he is learning English and hopes to become an electrician in the future.

"I am very happy to live in Knox because the surroundings are very quiet and the people are very friendly" he said.

Approximately 1,500 refugees from Iran, Myanmar, Egypt, Tibet, Iraq and Ethiopia call Knox home, with many more working, studying or volunteering in the municipality.

The City of Knox is a Refugee Welcome Zone. We have made a commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

Sunday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and the start of Refugee Week. The theme for Refugee Week in 2021 is 'Unity', a theme that acknowledges the volatility of life and gives us the opportunity to start afresh and rebuild our lives together.

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To learn more about cultural diversity in Knox, visit knox.vic.gov.au/culturaldiversity

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