Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

The rug maker’s journey

1 March 20180 comments

Najaf Mazari says that there are very few Afghans who can remember time when there was not fighting.

Before ISIS there was Al Queda and before that was the Taliban. Before the Taliban there were the Russians and the Mujahideen. And for centuries before there were the colonial and tribal conflicts, Najaf says.


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Migration to Australia – a brief history

1 March 20180 comments

Australia can make a legitimate claim to being the most successful multicultural society in the world.

At 26-per-cent we have the highest proportion of people born overseas than any other high-immigration nation. And that included New Zealand (23 per cent), Canada (22 per cent), the United States (14 per cent), and the United Kingdom (13 per cent).

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From Kinshasa to Korea – a refugee’s journey

19 February 20182 comments

As almost the only black man walking the streets of the South Korean capital Seoul, Congolese refugee Yiombi Thona saw first-hand race-based prejudice, fear and scorn.

But with courage, hard work, perseverance and a liberal dose of his idiosyncratic humour, he has made a success of his own life while at the same time educating Koreans about the difficulties faced by refugees.

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Refugee family’s flight from hell

29 January 20184 comments

Until war came to their country Hassan and Shaza Matni had perfect lives.

Living in the centre of the beautiful and ancient city of Homs, the couple had successful careers – Hassan as an engineer and Shaza as an architect.

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Global food crisis looming in 2018

18 January 20181 comment

The world’s unprecedented refugee crisis has morphed into something more intractable and potentially more deadly as a record number of people face famine and starvation across the world in…

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From refugee to park ranger

20 December 20170 comments

A young refugee has recently been appointed as a full time Ranger with Parks Victoria, in what is believed to be an Australian first.

Hsar Thein is originally from Burma…

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Media Releases - January 2017

Migrants embrace Australia Day, survey finds

25 January 20170 comments

A large majority of migrants and refugees new to Australia plan to become citizens and feel it is important to...

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Stuart Crosby the new AMES Australia chair

23 January 20170 comments

Businessman Stuart Crosby has been appointed as the new chairperson of migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES...

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