Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams hosted an event at Parliament House on Thursday 21 June to celebrate the contribution of refugees to NSW during Refugee Week.

This year’s theme encourages all Australians to stand #WithRefugees, to ensure people who are forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and hope.

Mr Williams said the NSW Government is proud to support more than 15,000 refugees who have fled persecution and their homes to start a new life in NSW over the past two years.

“Refugee Week is a significant time for us to stand together in unity and respect to celebrate the invaluable contributions of refugees to our community and State,” Mr Williams said.

“The NSW Government committed more than $146 million over four years to support refugees’ access valuable services and rebuild their lives here.”

Concluding on 23 June, Refugee Week aims to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees.