Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Human rights at risk globally – UN chief

6 March 20190 comments

Human rights are under fire across the globe with civil, political, economic, social and cultural freedoms coming under threat from authoritarian rule and the rise of hate speech, according…

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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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Media Releases

June 2015

Media Release: jobactive employment service launches

26 June 20150 comments

AMES is pleased to be part of the Federal Government’s jobactive employment initiative and will continue to work to...

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Media Release: Photo exhibition highlights rich cultures of refugee communities

5 June 20150 comments

A stunning new photographic exhibition offers a unique window into the lives and stories of some of Australia’s newest...

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Media Release: Safe haven visas offer hope to asylum seekers

3 June 20150 comments

Leading migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES has welcomed the implementation of Australia’s new Safe Haven...

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May 2015

Media Release: State Budget recognises the value of cultural diversity

6 May 20150 comments

Victoria’s leading migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES has welcomed the Victorian Government’s recognition of...

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