Australia to spend over $38 million on immigration settlement services

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The Australian government will spend $38.5 million on services to help immigrants and refugees settle into their communities.

Starting on 1 July 2011, a total of 179 new projects delivered through 148 organizations will be funded under the Settlement Grants Program (SGP). The aim of the SGP is to help migrants become more self-reliant and acquire "crucial skills" to help them contribute to the Australian economy.

"The Government has increased funding for this important grants program because we understand it makes a real difference for new arrivals, assisting them to successfully settle in the community and build rewarding lives in Australia," said Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

"Projects funded under the program help refugees and migrants make the transition to their new Australian life by building on their existing skills and equipping them with the tools they need to become self-reliant," he added.

Some organization who successfully applied for funding include migrant resource centers, multicultural service agencies, educational institutions, community groups, and welfare organizations