Football assists Australian state to integrate settlers

The Australian state of Victoria is currently experiencing an immigration boom with many new settlers arriving, particularly from the Horn of Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan and Burma (including Karen people).

Football Federation Victoria is providing a community integration program, United Through Football, to promote diversity and social connection through football.

In the first five months of 2011, the program has already supported over 3,000 newly arrived people and their football clubs.

A-League player Kamal Ibrahim (Melbourne Heart FC) is a United Through Football Ambassador.