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

June 2016

History in reverse – Europeans sought safe havens in the Middle East

10 June 20160 comments

It is a quirk of history and the almost diametrical reverse of the current influx of refugees into Europe –...

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Escape from the ‘killing fields’ – a refugee journey

4 June 20162 comments

Sitting on his father’s shoulders walking through rice paddies littered with bodies left behind by brutal Khmer Rouge...

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May 2016

Kenya’s expulsion of refugees a catastrophe in the making

19 May 20160 comments

The Kenyan government’s announcement that it will attempt to close all of the country’s refugee camps, including the...

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The business of settling in to a new community

19 May 20160 comments

For Eritrean refugee Nadia Hassan Australia has truly proved to be the land of opportunity. The mother of three has...

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