Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Global migration climbing – snapshot study finds

16 October 20180 comments

An estimated 258 million people currently live in a country other than that of their birth, a figure that is up from 173 million in 2000, and 102 million in 1980, according to the latest world snapshot of migration data.

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Starting over – a refugee’s journey of self discovery

27 September 20182 comments

When a friend told Joseph Youhana his name was on a death list pinned to the wall of a mosque in his home town, he knew his life had changed forever.

The young Iraqi student’s idyllic life in the ancient and beautiful city of Mosul – in the country’s fertile north – was over and at the moment he became a refugee.

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Studying and striving in wartime – a refugee’s story

5 September 20181 comment

Studying by candlelight in the bowels of an ancient convent as a bloody civil war raged around her, Jamila Alarkan stuck doggedly to her dream of becoming an engineer.

The Syrian refugee endured the effects of war, sickness and physical injury to pursue an education and the chance of a bright future.

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Refugee’s long, difficult journey ends in Melbourne

6 August 20180 comments

Afghan refugee Mirwais Janbaz vividly remembers his first brush with death.

As a seven-year-old he was sent by his family to buy bread at a shop just 100 metres from his home.

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The population debate – what’s a stake

6 August 20180 comments

In just a matter of weeks, Australia’s population will reach 25 million; a milestone that has come around much quicker than expected.

Twenty years ago, there were estimates that our population wouldn’t hit the 25 million mark until 2041.

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Scholarship recognises refugee’s passion for justice

6 July 20181 comment

An Afghan refugees brought up in a society that denied education to women has won a prestigious scholarship to Oxford University.

Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. As a child, she was told that girls and women didn’t need an education.

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Media Releases

April 2015

Media Release: Refugee resettlement gives regional community $40m boost – study

23 April 20150 comments

A program to resettle refugees in a struggling regional Victorian town has resulted in positive outcomes for the refugee...

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March 2015

Media Release: Work for the Dole benefiting new arrivals

17 March 20150 comments

Newly arrived migrants and refugees are benefiting from the federal government’s Work for the Dole (WFD) scheme which...

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February 2015

Media Release: Asylum seeker choir celebrates a year of song 

5 February 20150 comments

The Voices Without Borders asylum seeker choir this week celebrates its first birthday after a year of song, friendship...

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Media Release: Diverse workforce powers the economy, say top business leaders

2 February 20150 comments

The Chief Executive of Australia’s biggest bank and chairman of the nation’s second largest telecommunications company...

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