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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Sector News - July 2015

Journey to Australia explored in refugee artwork (ABC)

27 July 20150 comments

After years in a refugee camp a Bendigo woman uses art to relive her journey to Australia. Read more:...

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Refugees share their stories from war-torn Middle East to asylum in Australia (Daily Telegraph)

15 July 20150 comments

Former refugees who now call western Sydney home share their stories in a bid to eradicate stereotypes and put a...

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Helen Kapalos named Victoria’s new multicultural commissioner (The Age)

15 July 20150 comments

Television presenter and journalist Helen Kapalos​ has been appointed Victoria’s new multicultural commissioner....

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Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai celebrates 18th birthday opening school for Syrian refugees, calling on leaders to invest in ‘books not bullets’

13 July 20150 comments

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has celebrated her 18th birthday in Lebanon by opening a...

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