Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Global migration climbing – snapshot study finds

16 October 20180 comments

An estimated 258 million people currently live in a country other than that of their birth, a figure that is up from 173 million in 2000, and 102 million in 1980, according to the latest world snapshot of migration data.

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Starting over – a refugee’s journey of self discovery

27 September 20182 comments

When a friend told Joseph Youhana his name was on a death list pinned to the wall of a mosque in his home town, he knew his life had changed forever.

The young Iraqi student’s idyllic life in the ancient and beautiful city of Mosul – in the country’s fertile north – was over and at the moment he became a refugee.

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Studying and striving in wartime – a refugee’s story

5 September 20181 comment

Studying by candlelight in the bowels of an ancient convent as a bloody civil war raged around her, Jamila Alarkan stuck doggedly to her dream of becoming an engineer.

The Syrian refugee endured the effects of war, sickness and physical injury to pursue an education and the chance of a bright future.

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Refugee’s long, difficult journey ends in Melbourne

6 August 20180 comments

Afghan refugee Mirwais Janbaz vividly remembers his first brush with death.

As a seven-year-old he was sent by his family to buy bread at a shop just 100 metres from his home.

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The population debate – what’s a stake

6 August 20180 comments

In just a matter of weeks, Australia’s population will reach 25 million; a milestone that has come around much quicker than expected.

Twenty years ago, there were estimates that our population wouldn’t hit the 25 million mark until 2041.

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Scholarship recognises refugee’s passion for justice

6 July 20181 comment

An Afghan refugees brought up in a society that denied education to women has won a prestigious scholarship to Oxford University.

Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. As a child, she was told that girls and women didn’t need an education.

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October 2017

Iraqi doctor wants to contribute

31 October 20172 comments

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 20174 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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