Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Young refugee’s passion to help his homeland

21 March 20170 comments

Somali-born refugee Omar Elmi has dreams that belie his tender years. The 17-year-old is studying horticulture and is the first Somali-born trainee taken on by Parks Victoria. He is driven by passion to help farmers and ordinary families in his homeland who face starvation because of a ‘once in a fifty-year’ drought.

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Volunteer making a difference in refugees’ lives

10 March 20170 comments

Patricia Weickhardt is an unsung hero of the suburbs. For twenty years, she has quietly gone about helping new migrants settle in Australia.

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Blood feuds, battles and bandits – a refugee’s journey

24 February 20172 comments

Unlike the armed-to-the-teeth Australian soldiers alongside him, young Afghan Nabi went into combat wielding only his language skills.

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From bandrooms to boardrooms

24 February 20170 comments

Stuart Crosby is not your average business leader. A captain of the financial services industry who professes progressive politics; a former pub band musician who dresses in smart business suits; and, a deep and lateral thinker who is also a pragmatist.

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Violence against CALD women a pressing issue

23 February 20170 comments

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are among the most vulnerable victims of family violence and the issue is leading to the stigmatising of some ethnic groups, a new research report says.

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Courage and resilience revealed in a smile

20 January 20170 comments

They say a smile is the light in the window of your soul. For Karen refugee Eh Hta Dah Shee, his beaming face belies a lifetime of struggle, deprivation and hardship.

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Media Releases

March 2016

Migrants’ employment expectations out of reach

17 March 20160 comments

March 17 2016 – for immediate release New migrants are finding it harder than they expect to find suitable work...

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February 2016

Migrant women a hidden economic asset

29 February 20160 comments

Australia is missing out on the skills and experience of tens of thousands of highly qualified women who arrive as...

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January 2016

Migrants keen to volunteer, fit it study finds

18 January 20160 comments

People newly arrived to Australia are keen to fit in with their local communities, connect with their neighbours and...

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September 2015

Media Release: Refugee agency welcomes extra places for humanitarian entrants

15 September 20150 comments

Leading refugee and migrant settlement agency AMES Australia has welcomed the federal government’s announcement that...

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