Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Three times a refugee

8 June 20180 comments

Wafaa Fhaid’s family are refugees three times over.

As Iraqi-Palestinians, they have been forced to flee their homes three times in the past half-decade as conflict after conflict has plagued the Middle East.

Forced to leave her home in Iraq in 2007 after violence against Palestinians flared in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, she and her family found temporary refuge in Syria.

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Dream of world peace slipping away

8 June 20180 comments

The number of refugees fleeing conflicts has soared to 1 percent of the world’s total population, the highest level in modern history, according to a new report.

The 2018 Global Peace Index shows the world is less peaceful now than at any time in the last 10 years with terrorism and internal conflict the two biggest contributors.

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One man’s trash…

8 June 20180 comments

Residents of the world’s largest refugee camp have launched an initiative to clean up plastic waste that is also earning them incomes.

Refugees at Dadaab camp, in north-east Kenya, are involved in a recycling pilot project was launched to mitigate waste pollution in the camp while providing livelihood opportunities to refugees and host community members.

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Multicultural youth optimistic and engaged – study

7 June 20180 comments

Young Australians from refugee and migrant backgrounds feel a sense of optimism and belonging even though they are subject to discrimination, the first ever census of multicultural youth.

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Budget responds to migration growth

3 May 20180 comments

A massive investment in education and infrastructure in the 2018-19 Victorian state budget is the Andrews government’s response to a period of significant population growth largely driven by overseas migration.

The Victorian Government has committed to spending $4.3 billion on new roads and $1.9 billion on public transport as well as $2.8 billion on 28 new schools….

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The girl who swam to freedom

2 May 20180 comments

Yusra Mardini, the Syrian swimming champion who famously helped to save fellow refugees on a sinking raft in the Aegean Sea, has released a book that tells her traumatic story and also sheds light on the horror of the global refugee crisis.

Yusra’s book, titled ‘Butterfly’, tells how she and elder sister Sara paid smugglers $US1,500 each to cross from Turkey to Greece, after they fled war-torn Damascus.

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23 November 20170 comments

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October 2017

Iraqi doctor wants to contribute

31 October 20171 comment

As a doctor working in Iraq during the conflict there, Asseel Yako saved hundreds of lives. His daily work was...

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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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