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

February 2015

AMES students learn the ropes

23 February 20150 comments

​Two AMES Youth classes from Box Hill recently enjoyed a day learning to sail on Albert Park Lake. The classes...

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Pedals power asylum seeker kids

17 February 20150 comments

​Four AMES client families have received bicycles that were generously donated to the children by bike charity Good...

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January 2015

Game, Set and Match

30 January 20150 comments

A group of 20 AMES youth students from the South Hub were treated to an entertaining day at the Australian...

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December 2014

AMES clients talents on show in art exhibition

2 December 20140 comments

Two talented AMES Sunshine clients have had artworks on show in an exhibition at the Sandpit Gallery in St Kilda....

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