The present study examined the life satisfaction of refugees settled in Australia. Our industry partner, Access Community Services Ltd. (ACSL) disseminated the information about the study amongst the communities with whom they have built trusting connections. A battery of paper and pencil measures was administered to refugees (N =197) from Ethiopia, Congo and Burma. The questionnaires were available in their respective native languages. Analysis of variance was used to investigate the impact of various demographic factors on life satisfaction. Gender and education had no impact, while being from Ethiopia, employed and proficient with English significantly affected the life satisfaction. Multiple regression analysis indicated that age, length of stay, acculturation, low acculturative stress and resilience accounted for 40% of the variance in life satisfaction. Resilience emerged as the strongest factor explaining 20% of the variance. The results indicated the importance of personal strength and coping along with securing an employment and developing the host society’s language proficiency as salient factors linked with wellbeing of refugees. Implications for stakeholders are discussed.
Nigar Gohar Khawaja, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Aparna Hebbani, University of Queensland, Australia