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Melbourne youth workers struggling to deal with islander youth violence

Melbourne youth workers struggling to deal with islander youth violence

Updated 3 January 2013, 10:06 AEST

In the Australian city of Melbourne, youth workers are trying to get Pacific community leaders to take a lead in dealing with growing levels of violent crimes, committed by their children.

In recent year's Melbourne's Western Suburbs have seen a growing number of islanders immigrating from island nations and also New Zealand, in search of new opportunity.

It's an influx that has combined with the large number of refugees from Northern Africa who have moved into the area, with gangs from both ethnic groups blamed with increasing crime levels.

Youth workers are trying to deal with the issue but are struggling, and they want support from the community, an approach which has the support of Australia's federal government.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speakers: Les Twentyman, youth worker: Brendan O'Connor, Australia's Federal Minister for Homelessness

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