Australian Relief Organization in partnership with Settlement Service International organized “Welcome to Australia” on Saturday 6 August 2016 in order to welcome 180 newly arrived refugees mainly from Iraq and Syria while some from Afghanistan and Iran. 

The evening program including dinner was held at Amity College at its Preston campus in Sydney.

Mr. Ahmet Aydogan, the President of ARO welcomed guests and acknowledged the dignitaries and assured the new arrivals that they are not a burden on the society.

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He stated that ARO is Sydney based charity that operates across the country through a branch in Melbourne and offices in other cities.

Mr. Peter Shergold, the NSW Coordinator General for Refugee Resettlement and Chancellor of Western Sydney University was the guest of honor and opened the program by welcoming the new arrivals and said that the new arrivals in Australia aspire to find jobs and educate their children in order to establish new secure life in the new country.

He also appreciated the work of ARO and SSI helping refugees and others to settle and integrate smoothly into the Australian society.

Ms Elisabeth Shaw, Acting Chair of SSI welcomed the new arrivals and guaranteed ongoing support to refugees and that the refugees were not alone.

She assured that along with ARO and Amity College, SSI will look after the community and provide ongoing support for refugees.

Ms Shaw highly appreciated the support and contribution of ARO in resettling the refugees and other needy people around the world and was delighted to continue working with ARO.

Mr Abdullah Aksu, Chairman of Amity Colleges expressed his pleasure in hosting the dinner. Amity college has been operating for over two decades in three campuses at Preston, Auburn and Illawarra.

He said that Amity College was truly a multicultural Australian school with over 1,800 students coming from 46 diverse backgrounds. Amity College is proud to assist the refugees paving path towards smooth settlement process in Australia. Currently Amity College has sponsored four refugee children at the Illawarra campus.

Mr. Cihan Tumen, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Relief organization welcomed all guests and assured that the refugees contributed towards Australia’s progress and enriched multiculturalism.

He furthered pointed out that today we have the highest level of displaced people globally since World War II, where up to 65 million people have been displaced from their homes due to wars and other conflicts.

Mr Tumen assured the 180 new settlers that they were in a safe land and welcomed them by saying that they are an asset to Australia.

He thanked Amity College and SSI for making the event a great success and hoped towards working in partnership with the Coordinator General and the SSI in future guaranteeing that ARO will be at their service to assist in any possible way.