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

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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