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Refugees are integrating just fine in regional Australia, 2018, Jock Collins, University of Technology Sydney, Carol Reid, Western Sydney University, The Conversation

New research being released publicly on Tuesday suggests Tudge is spot-on in his argument that regional Australia can take more permanent immigrants, including refugees. But the research also shows he’s wrong on another contention – that newly arrived refugees don’t want to learn English and that integration is not likely due to migrants living in a “language and cultural bubble”.

Mingoola refugee initiative showcased at migrant conference, 2018, Donna Ward, Tenterfield Star

The story of how three families of refugees have revitalised a dying village in the western reaches of Tenterfield Shire was just one of the case studies presented at a Regional Australia Institute (RAI) conference at Parliament House on May 22.

African refugees reinvigorating rural Mingoola in social experiment to boost ageing community, 2016, Greg Hassall, ABC News

A radical grassroots resettlement plan has transformed an ageing rural community, bringing together two groups with very different problems. In the tiny township of Mingoola, on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, local woman Julia Harpham was grappling with a common problem in rural communities.

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Why young women say no to rural Australia, 2018, Rae Dufty-Jones, Neil Argent, The Conversation

When it comes to migration trends, young people aged 15-24 are among the most itinerant in Australia. According to the 2016 census statistics, slightly more than half (50.5%) of people in this age bracket changed their residence in the five-year period from 2011-2016. The rates are slightly higher for young people living in rural communities compared to their urban counterparts. But when factoring in gender, one notices a big difference between young women and men, particularly in rural Australia – 55.3% of 15-24 year old women changed their residence during this time frame, compared to 48.4% of young men.