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

June 2014

Media Release: First language research delivers results

5 June 20140 comments

Using bilingual assistants when researching culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities can dramatically...

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May 2014

Media Release: Asylum seekers want safety for their kids

20 May 20140 comments

Australia is witnessing a small asylum seeker baby boom as couples who have fled danger or persecution in their...

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Media Release: Tony Abbott and kangaroos the face of Australia, survey finds

12 May 20140 comments

Tony Abbott is the most famous Australian among new arrivals to the country and the Kangaroo is the nation’s most...

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March 2014

Media Release: Newcomers happy and keen to work, survey finds

17 March 20140 comments

Newly arrived migrants and refugees overwhelmingly find Australia a welcoming place that is relatively free from racism, a...

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