Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Iraqi doctor wants to contribute

31 October 20170 comments

As a doctor working in Iraq during the conflict there, Asseel Yako saved hundreds of lives.

His daily work was tending to battlefield wounds suffered by soldiers or militia members…

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Welcome to Carlton: Syrian family the latest chapter in an enduring migrant story

31 October 20171 comment

Akram Abouhamdan and his wife Joumana have just opened the first Syrian food shop on Lygon Street, in the historic Melbourne suburb of Carlton.

The shop – which sells Syrian…

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Documents reveal personal stories of life under Immigration Restriction Act

4 October 20170 comments

A new project is aiming to dig out documentation and archival records to build a picture of the lives of people who were victims of the notorious ‘White Australia…

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Migrant contributing as a volunteer

4 October 20172 comments

Iraqi migrant Nasir Ajmaya is using his own life experiences to help newcomers to Australia begin their lives here.

Nasir experienced war, the impoverishing impact of international sanctions against his…

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Nhill’s refugee settlement story continues

1 September 20173 comments

An innovative program to resettle refuges at Nhill, a regional Victorian town, has moved into a second phase with more than a dozen businesses and organisations now employing workers…

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Refugee doctor desperate to rebuild his career

1 September 20171 comment

When ISIS started killing doctors and professionals and when the armed militias opposing them began demanding all of their money and possessions, Syrian medico Bashir Ahmad decided it was…

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Media Releases

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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October 2014

Media release: Victoria leads in settling asylum seekers

24 October 20140 comments

Victoria is the most welcoming state for refugees and asylum seekers as home to 38 per cent of the 24,500...

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August 2014

Media Release: Asylum seeker wins national poetry prize

29 August 20142 comments

A 12-year-old school girl who arrived in Australia just a year ago as an asylum seeker and first encountered the...

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