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

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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Media Release: Youth-specific English course achieving success

27 August 20140 comments

Using sport, camps and social activities to teach English to young refugees and migrants is achieving considerable success...

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July 2014

Media Release: Australia really is the lucky country – viewed through migrants’ eyes

16 July 20140 comments

New migrants to Australia are actively engaged in forging a new life in their adopted country and show high levels...

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