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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July 2016

Helen Kapalos

18 July 20162 comments

From commercial TV newsreader to champion of the multicultural sector, Helen Kapalos has taken the path less travelled. She...

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June 2016

Heartlands 2016 Arts Project : Stories from Refugee Youth

17 June 20160 comments

The Heartlands 2016 Arts Project focuses on ten young people from refugee backgrounds who use the film medium to tell...

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April 2016

Refugee success stories

21 April 20165 comments

For decades migrants have been among Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs. Here are two recent success stories.

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March 2016

Nail Aykan – Head of the Islamic Council of Victoria

23 March 20163 comments

Head of the Islamic Council of Victoria Nail Aykan talks about the issues facing his community. Acknowledgements for...

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