Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Refugee doctor’s search for a future

21 December 20180 comments

Iraqi refugee Dr Ayad Jbreeta says that there is a saying in his country: ‘Today is worse than yesterday but it is better than tomorrow’.

He says it sums up the pain of a nation that has been wracked by war, repression and sectarian violence for decades.

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Fighting for his community – a refugee’s mission

21 December 20180 comments

The Second Sudanese Civil War took Richard Deng’s father and forced him to flee alone into the chaotic life of a refugee.

Almost two decades on, he is harnessing his memories of those experiences to develop mutual understanding between refugees and Australians.

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Sudanese refugee’s long walk to safety

23 November 20181 comment

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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Local AMES News

October 2014

AMES student infused with a Bulldog spirit

20 October 20140 comments

For former AMES student Amy Vy it has been a long journey from the highlands of Vietnam to the Whitten...

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September 2014

Karen refugees become Australian citizens

26 September 20140 comments

Around 35 former AMES clients became Australian citizens at a moving and inspirational ceremony at Nhill, in western...

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Fifteen years of Yarrilinks

8 September 20140 comments

The 15th annual Yarrilinks Planting Weekend was again a roaring success with thirty-seven AMES students taking part.It was...

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August 2014

Care to Share dinner reciprocated

25 August 20140 comments

Two AMES clients have hosted a dinner for the founder of the Care to Share project, which sees Melburnians volunteer...

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