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

May 2014

Refugees introduced to RCH

13 May 20140 comments

Refugee families are being offered tours of the Royal Children’s Hospital to introduce them to the hospital’s services...

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AMES students bowling along

12 May 20140 comments

More than twenty AMES youth students have taken part in a lawn bowls pilot program over the past two weeks...

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AMES youth students explore job opportunities

10 May 20140 comments

Around twenty AMES students from Dandenong and Noble Park recently attended a migrant youth employment forum at Monash...

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April 2014

A day at the zoo to celebrate cultural diversity

4 April 20140 comments

About 250 students from AMES West Hub spent a day at Werribee Open Range Zoo on March 20, courtesy of...

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