Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Young refugee’s passion to help his homeland

21 March 20170 comments

Somali-born refugee Omar Elmi has dreams that belie his tender years. The 17-year-old is studying horticulture and is the first Somali-born trainee taken on by Parks Victoria. He is driven by passion to help farmers and ordinary families in his homeland who face starvation because of a ‘once in a fifty-year’ drought.

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Volunteer making a difference in refugees’ lives

10 March 20170 comments

Patricia Weickhardt is an unsung hero of the suburbs. For twenty years, she has quietly gone about helping new migrants settle in Australia.

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Blood feuds, battles and bandits – a refugee’s journey

24 February 20172 comments

Unlike the armed-to-the-teeth Australian soldiers alongside him, young Afghan Nabi went into combat wielding only his language skills.

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From bandrooms to boardrooms

24 February 20170 comments

Stuart Crosby is not your average business leader. A captain of the financial services industry who professes progressive politics; a former pub band musician who dresses in smart business suits; and, a deep and lateral thinker who is also a pragmatist.

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Violence against CALD women a pressing issue

23 February 20170 comments

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are among the most vulnerable victims of family violence and the issue is leading to the stigmatising of some ethnic groups, a new research report says.

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Courage and resilience revealed in a smile

20 January 20170 comments

They say a smile is the light in the window of your soul. For Karen refugee Eh Hta Dah Shee, his beaming face belies a lifetime of struggle, deprivation and hardship.

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Lead story

August 2016

Refugees the true heroes of Rio

10 August 20161 comment

Amid the furore around drug cheats being allowed to compete, security failures, non-existent plumbing and all pervasive...

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Swapping class notes – students and migrants learn from each other

5 August 20162 comments

Newly arrived refugees and migrants are learning English with the help of high school students who act as tutors and...

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Refugee Melbourne: a snapshot of resettlement

4 August 20160 comments

The first comprehensive picture of the settlement of refugees across Melbourne has emerged from a new study that reveals...

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July 2016

Conflict, cancer and cruelty – a refugee family’s journey

19 July 20161 comment

Escaping a desperate gun battle, beating breast cancer in a war zone and living for months in a cramped single...

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