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

May 2014

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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Media Release: Rising numbers of asylum seekers volunteering in the community

17 March 20140 comments

Asylum seekers in Melbourne are volunteering in droves as they try to find ways to make a contribution, occupy...

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February 2014

Media Release: High flyer comes home to ‘make a difference’

20 February 20140 comments

Sheridan Mills walked away from a high-flying career in commercial design and project management because he wanted to...

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