Media Release by The Hon Christian Porter MP

Syrian family begin settlement journey in Australia

The first family of Syrian refugees granted visas as part of Australia’s recent additional intake arrived safely in Perth overnight.

The family of five were met by staff from Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC) WA, as part of the Commonwealth Government’s well-established resettlement process.

MMRC has long-standing experience working with new arrivals and assisting them to settle into Australia.

I again want to emphasise the importance of respecting the family’s privacy and giving them time and space to adjust to their new circumstances.

Now that they have undergone the usual checks and processes of resettlement, our priority is ensuring the family’s welfare.

The father of the family made a short statement to the Australian officials, and asked them to pass it on to the public.

Father’s statement:

“I would like to thank the Australian Government and everyone here who has welcomed me. Thank you to the Australian Government for opening their doors and providing a better future for me and my children.

Thank you to the Australian embassy in Jordan for helping us and providing their services.

We would just like to thank everybody for giving us a chance at happiness.

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.”

Any future media will be a matter for the family.