Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Sudanese refugee’s long walk to safety

23 November 20180 comments

As a small boy Peter Kon was forced on a month-long march across rugged bushland away from his family and village.

For the next 18-years a refugee camp would be his home and disease, starvation and death his constant companions.

But the South Sudanese refugee refused to give up his dream of a future.

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Finding safety and opportunity – a refugee’s journey

23 November 20180 comments

“This country gave me everything that I dreamed of as a little girl but could never have achieved in my homeland.”

This is how Kosovar-Albanian refugee Mirisha Bowler sums up the experience of fleeing her war-torn homeland and building a new life in Australia.

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Australia’s cultural diversity deepening and widening – Census data finds

21 November 20180 comments

A new swathe of data from the 2016 Census has produced an updated snapshot of Australia’s changing cultural diversity.

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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 20184 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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Local AMES News

March 2014

A cultural affair

28 March 20140 comments

In celebration of Diversity Week, the Multicultural Hub and City of Melbourne hosted the Community Cultural Fair on...

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Free bike tours for asylum seeker clients

21 March 20140 comments

AMES asylum seeker clients are enjoying free bike tours of Melbourne’s city centre thanks to a partnership with...

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Settlement forum builds bridges among service providers

21 March 20140 comments

More than twenty service providers and twenty representatives from the new commonwealth Department of Social Services...

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AMES ASAS clients jamming their way to success

14 March 20140 comments

With the help of AMES case workers, a group of talented Iranian musicians have formed an exciting new band called...

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