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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July 2016

Education entering the digital fast lane

13 July 20161 comment

Digital technology is delivering a revolution in education which its proponents say is removing the old barriers of...

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Refugees and migrants amongst 300,000 new voters

1 July 20160 comments

Tomorrow, Hashmat Najib will vote for the first time in his life in the 2016 federal election. The 22 year...

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June 2016

Brexit vote coming down to the wire

16 June 20160 comments

Making sense of the rival campaigns and arguments around Britain’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote on June 23 is bit like...

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Heartlands films a window on the refugee experience

15 June 20160 comments

A new series of short films is giving audiences a rare perspective on the refugee experience by presenting intensely...

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