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

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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December 2014

Media release: Migration a key factor in building Australia

17 December 20140 comments

Migrants have brought vital skills and labour to help build Australia’s economy and society at critical times in the...

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November 2014

Media Release: How migration helped build Australia

17 November 20140 comments

Migrants have brought vital skills and labour to help build Australia’s economy and society at critical times in the...

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