Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Refugee finds a new life through music

18 February 20190 comments

Iranian refugee Hadi Mohammadi has carved out a “dream role” for himself playing and teaching music to residents in care homes in Melbourne’s north.

Hadi, who was part of AMES…

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Issam’s story

6 February 20190 comments

In the Victorian town of Warragul Dr Issam Muteir is a minor celebrity.

The specialist in General Medicine and Cardiology is originally from Iraq and came to Australia initially to…

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Migrants embrace Australia Day, survey finds

6 February 20190 comments

A large majority of migrants and refugees new to Australia plan to become citizens and feel it is important to mark Australia Day, according to a new survey.

Most newcomers…

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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 20181 comment

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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Local AMES News

June 2014

Professional mentoring delivers results for jobs seekers

30 June 20140 comments

Eight of fifteen AMES Pathways to Employment course students sent out on work placements recently were offered jobs by...

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AMES hires its own graduates

30 June 20140 comments

AMES not only provides education and training but also employment opportunities for skilled migrants and refugees from...

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OPEN YOUR HEARTS performance for Refugee Week

22 June 20140 comments

AMES volunteers were treated to the first performance of OPEN YOUR HEARTS – songs and stories of refugees at the...

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AMES students on the ball in the CALD Cup

20 June 20140 comments

More than 100 AMES students took part in the Western Bulldogs’ annual CALDplay Football Carnival this week at the...

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