Nhill Learning Centre executive officer Annette Creek says their door is open for Wimmera businesses to discuss finding employment for the town's Karen population.
It follows the release of new research showing the resettling of the southeast Asian ethnicity has added $105.5 million to Nhill's Gross Regional Product in 10 years.
Migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES and consultant economist Dr Ian Pringle released the data on Monday, after studying the economic and social value of resettlement in small towns.
They found there were 230 residents of Karen ethnicity living in Nhill, who had bought 27 homes, while 156 full-time jobs had been created across 21 employers.
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"The data collected indicates that the consumption of household goods in Nhill rose by around 6 per cent over the decade," the report said. "Forty per cent of Karen families surveyed said they spent up to 50 per cent of their income locally."
"As Nhill has been able to keep its health and education institutions open, partly due to the presence of the Karen as employees, patients and students; the value of housing stock and commercial properties in Nhill is estimated to have increased by around $13 million."
A contingent of Karen refugees initially moved to Nhill to work at poultry processing plant Luv-a-Duck in 2010. The 230 residents now there represent around 10 per cent of the town's total population. Australian Wildflowers at Laharum is now employing 40 Karen workers.
The report also pointed to the success of Nhill Learning Centre, which following a growth in demand for its services provides English, digital literacy, cooking, shopping, job skills and financial literacy classes.
Ms Creek said while the centre expected more relatives of the existing Karen population to move to town, the number of employment opportunities would limit this growth. She said the centre was looking for ways to involve the rest of the Wimmera in the refugees' integration.
"We are sharing our expertise with the Wimmera Development Association and Ballarat services, and we're working with Australian Wildflowers to support the employees out there," she said.
"We are looking at more ways to support the Karen people across the Wimmera, which is happening now, particularly with training and better access to services."
"One of our focuses is on the relationship between employee and employer. There is networking happening across the region with employers talking to one another about supporting and recruiting migrants."
Mrs Creek said interested business owners could contact the centre on 5387 9800 to see how they could become involved. She said the state and federal governments needed to continue to provide resources for the centre and its clients.
"There is still work to be done, a great deal of education and training," she said.
"The Karen people have aspirations and goals to find good jobs like any of us would - some want to go to university - and we need people on the ground to do that work."
Mrs Creek said seven people worked at the learning centre part-time, but there was enough work for another 10 people.
AMES chief executive Cath Scarth said it would share widely the lessons learned from the experience in Nhill.
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