He brought in three Filipino workers on temporary skilled work visas (457) and one from Fiji.
“They fit in very well with the work environment and the community.”
“Better Future for Families”
Roger Ponseca is one of the Filipino workers employed by Mr. Barber. He moved to Horsham five years before with his wife Josie and his three children.
Josie and Roger Ponseca and their two children, Gene and Jasper. Moving to Horsham, Victoria allowed me to buy a house and build a new life. credit: SBS News: Sean Wales
“There is a better future for my family here. I heard from other Filipinos that I can bring my family here and get permanent residency here,” he said.
Ponseca also found part-time and casual work at three local businesses.
Horsham’s Filipino community is growing. According to the latest census, about 150 Filipino-born residents live in Horsham, up by a third from previous numbers.
“I told them, ‘Life here is great. If you work hard, you can achieve your goals here.'”
Retaining immigrants is key to successful settlement
Wimmera Settlement Service wants migrant workers and families to stay in the area longer.
That’s where local organizations like participating centers step in.
Cecile Vence says training and networking for newly arrived migrants can help them stay longer. credit: SBS News: Sean Wales
Cecil Vance, who also moved to Horsham from the Philippines, is the center’s immigration liaison.
“To be part of a community, you have to step out of your comfort zone and work your way up.”
Glenn hires workers from abroad because he couldn’t find staff locally
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