Settlement Interrupted Report 2021

The lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on newly arrived young people in Victoria.

In the first half of 2021, CMY held consultations with both newly arrived young people, and the sectors that support them, to understand more about the legacy and ongoing impacts of the pandemic on their lives. We wanted to know they how they were faring approximately one year on from the extended lockdowns of 2020 in Victoria. These consultations were held at a brief period in the first half of 2021, when restrictions had lifted in Victoria and life was beginning to resemble some form of ‘normality’. Since this time, further extended lockdowns have ensued, reminding us that as much as we look to recovery, the pandemic is far from behind us. Neither it seems are the effects on newly arrived young people’s lives.