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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Media Releases

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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August 2015

Media release: Migration a key economic and social factor, according to research review

20 August 20150 comments

Migration plays a critical role in Australia’s present and future economic wellbeing and will boost Australia’s GDP per...

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July 2015

Media Release: AMES Cup introduces AFL football to new Australians

22 July 20150 comments

 More than 200 new arrived migrants and refugees have been introduced to AFL football through the first ever AMES Cup...

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