Small towns, big returns- the economic and social impact of the Karen resettlement in Nhill

Between 2009 and 2014 more than 160 Karen refugees from Myanmar resettled in Nhill, attracted by jobs offered by local poultry producer Luv-a-Duck.  A report published by Deloitte Access Economics and the AMES settlement agency said the initiative has added more than $40 million and 70 jobs to the local economy. The Karen now comprises 10% of the population of Nhill. Nhill  has  seen significant benefits in  terms  of  its  economy and the social  aspects  of  the  town including  an  increasingly  diverse  and  welcoming  community  and  a Building of  social  capital in  and across both the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ communities. The majority of the Karen  are still employed directly by Luv-a-Duck but others work in a range of fields including aged care, hospitality, nursing, mechanics  and  with  the  local  council  and  the  schools.

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