Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

From Kinshasa to Korea – a refugee’s journey

19 February 20180 comments

As almost the only black man walking the streets of the South Korean capital Seoul, Congolese refugee Yiombi Thona saw first-hand race-based prejudice, fear and scorn.

But with courage, hard work, perseverance and a liberal dose of his idiosyncratic humour, he has made a success of his own life while at the same time educating Koreans about the difficulties faced by refugees.

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Refugee family’s flight from hell

29 January 20184 comments

Until war came to their country Hassan and Shaza Matni had perfect lives.

Living in the centre of the beautiful and ancient city of Homs, the couple had successful careers – Hassan as an engineer and Shaza as an architect.

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Global food crisis looming in 2018

18 January 20181 comment

The world’s unprecedented refugee crisis has morphed into something more intractable and potentially more deadly as a record number of people face famine and starvation across the world in…

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From refugee to park ranger

20 December 20170 comments

A young refugee has recently been appointed as a full time Ranger with Parks Victoria, in what is believed to be an Australian first.

Hsar Thein is originally from Burma…

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Surviving ISIS – a refugee’s story

20 December 20170 comments

Syrian refugee ‘George’ survived a year as a captive of ISIS treated brutally, constantly threatened with death and not knowing the fate of his wife and daughter.

Now safe and…

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Stories of the Rohingya

30 November 20171 comment

Members of Melbourne’s Rohingya community have shared their personal stories with iMPACT Magazine in a bid to highlight the plight of their compatriots who have become the victims of…

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Lead story

October 2017

Welcome to Carlton: Syrian family the latest chapter in an enduring migrant story

31 October 20173 comments

Akram Abouhamdan and his wife Joumana have just opened the first Syrian food shop on Lygon Street, in the historic...

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Documents reveal personal stories of life under Immigration Restriction Act

4 October 20170 comments

A new project is aiming to dig out documentation and archival records to build a picture of the lives of...

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Migrant contributing as a volunteer

4 October 20172 comments

Iraqi migrant Nasir Ajmaya is using his own life experiences to help newcomers to Australia begin their lives here....

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September 2017

Nhill’s refugee settlement story continues

1 September 20173 comments

An innovative program to resettle refuges at Nhill, a regional Victorian town, has moved into a second phase with more...

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