Functions and Service Delivery of Non-Government Organisations for Immigrants in Australia

Rosario Lampugnani


This paper evaluates the functions and
service delivery of NGOs for immigrants
in Australia. It argues that the
radical economic restructuring in
Western nations has been characterised
by massive processes of deinstitutionalisation
and decentralisation,
with an associated move towards privatisation
and the targeting of disadvantaged
groups. This has led to a
significant reliance on the voluntary
sector to assist in the provision of settlement
services for immigrant groups. As
result in most immigrant receiving nations
the use of NGOs as an extension of
the state is common.

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