ACS is hosting a round table on how ‘techfugees can solve Australia’s tech shortage on World Refugee Day

- June 20, 2023 < 1 MIN READ
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Former Intel CEO Andrew Grove is one of tech's best known refugees, having fled Hungary during the 1956 revolution after surviving Nazi occupation as a Jewish boy. He was Time's 1997 man of the year.
The potential for refugees to help solve the nation’s skills shortages will be explored at the Techfugees round table on the evening of Tuesday, June 20 being held at ACS’ Sydney Hub.

As part of World Refugee Day, speakers will be discussing how acknowledging the existing skills of refugees and harnessing the talents of the wider migrant community can reap benefits for Australian society and the economy, particularly at a time when industries are suffering from chronic labour shortages.

Settlement Services International (SSI) head of settlement services Dor Akech Achiek said gaining work was one of the most effective ways for newcomers to rebuild their lives in a new country.

“Refugees and migrants need a fair go to build lives and livelihoods in Australia that are productive and fulfilling. Unfortunately, they face significant hurdles to finding meaningful employment and are at greater risk of exploitation,” he said.

“Breaking down these barriers is a responsibility shared by employers, non-government organisations, unions, refugee-led organisations, and all levels of government.” 

Long time friend and ally of Techfugees, Qualgro Capital’s Peter Huynh, will be talking about his journey from refugee to venture capital and a panel discussion with Jacqui Gilligan from SSI and Sathya Dharmini Gnanakaran from Talent Beyond Boundaries will cover employment pathways for refugee talent.

The free event will take place at ACS’ Sydney Hub on Level 27 of Barangaroo Tower One from 6pm.

Registration is available through the ACS website here or via Eventbrite here