Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Studying and striving in wartime – a refugee’s story

5 September 20181 comment

Studying by candlelight in the bowels of an ancient convent as a bloody civil war raged around her, Jamila Alarkan stuck doggedly to her dream of becoming an engineer.

The Syrian refugee endured the effects of war, sickness and physical injury to pursue an education and the chance of a bright future.

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Refugee’s long, difficult journey ends in Melbourne

6 August 20180 comments

Afghan refugee Mirwais Janbaz vividly remembers his first brush with death.

As a seven-year-old he was sent by his family to buy bread at a shop just 100 metres from his home.

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The population debate – what’s a stake

6 August 20180 comments

In just a matter of weeks, Australia’s population will reach 25 million; a milestone that has come around much quicker than expected.

Twenty years ago, there were estimates that our population wouldn’t hit the 25 million mark until 2041.

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Scholarship recognises refugee’s passion for justice

6 July 20181 comment

An Afghan refugees brought up in a society that denied education to women has won a prestigious scholarship to Oxford University.

Sitarah Mohammadi was eight years old when she first learnt to read and write. As a child, she was told that girls and women didn’t need an education.

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Refugees in Australia safe and grateful, survey finds

28 June 20180 comments

Newly arrived refugees overwhelmingly find Australia a safe and welcoming place that is relatively free from racism, a new survey has found.

Getting stable work and seeing their children educated and prosper are the priorities for most refugees; and safety and security as well as lifestyle and leisure opportunities are the things they most appreciate about Australia.

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Three times a refugee

8 June 20181 comment

Wafaa Fhaid’s family are refugees three times over.

As Iraqi-Palestinians, they have been forced to flee their homes three times in the past half-decade as conflict after conflict has plagued the Middle East.

Forced to leave her home in Iraq in 2007 after violence against Palestinians flared in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein, she and her family found temporary refuge in Syria.

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Sound Bite

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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February 2016

Meet multi-talented South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai

22 February 20161 comment

Multi-talented South Sudanese singer Ajak Kwai came to Australia as a refugee fleeing the brutal and interminable civil war...

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November 2015

Calabrisella Mia

17 November 20150 comments

Best selling author of Pepe & Poppy, Joe Novella, has turned his hand to documentary making. The son of Italian...

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October 2015

Yasser Zomorrodi, martial arts champion

16 October 20151 comment

Iranian asylum seeker and martial arts champion, Yasser Zomorrodi, dreams of fighting for Australia. Music: Program: now!...

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