Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Meet Tonton – a Muppet for refugee kids

27 March 20180 comments

A Muppet named Tonton is spreading joy among children living in refugee camps in the Middle East.

TV icon Sesame Street is working with aid organisation The International Rescue Committee to help millions of refugee children around the world learn, grow and thrive.

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140 million climate refugees – World Bank prediction

26 March 20180 comments

About 143 million people are at risk of becoming ‘climate migrants’ fleeing crop failure, drought and rising sea levels, according to a seminal new report from The World Bank.

The report says climate change will become the single biggest driver of human migration but also that the worst impacts can still be avoided by prompt action.

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The rug maker’s journey

1 March 20180 comments

Najaf Mazari says that there are very few Afghans who can remember time when there was not fighting.

Before ISIS there was Al Queda and before that was the Taliban. Before the Taliban there were the Russians and the Mujahideen. And for centuries before there were the colonial and tribal conflicts, Najaf says.

 

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Migration to Australia – a brief history

1 March 20180 comments

Australia can make a legitimate claim to being the most successful multicultural society in the world.

At 26-per-cent we have the highest proportion of people born overseas than any other high-immigration nation. And that included New Zealand (23 per cent), Canada (22 per cent), the United States (14 per cent), and the United Kingdom (13 per cent).

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From Kinshasa to Korea – a refugee’s journey

19 February 20182 comments

As almost the only black man walking the streets of the South Korean capital Seoul, Congolese refugee Yiombi Thona saw first-hand race-based prejudice, fear and scorn.

But with courage, hard work, perseverance and a liberal dose of his idiosyncratic humour, he has made a success of his own life while at the same time educating Koreans about the difficulties faced by refugees.

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Refugee family’s flight from hell

29 January 20184 comments

Until war came to their country Hassan and Shaza Matni had perfect lives.

Living in the centre of the beautiful and ancient city of Homs, the couple had successful careers – Hassan as an engineer and Shaza as an architect.

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Sector News

June 2015

Brisbane-based Ethiopian refugee, Chekole Getenet, chasing Olympic dream in new homeland (Foxsports)

1 June 20150 comments

THE little orphan treads carefully, as though the soft ground underneath him was a minefield in his homeland instead of...

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Is this Australia’s most generous couple? Elderly migrants give $10.8m to Sydney nursing school

1 June 20150 comments

THEY are Sydney’s most reclusive multi-millionaires and our most generous migrants. Property magnates Isaac Wakil, who...

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Tasmania may join asylum visa plan

1 June 20150 comments

THE Tasmanian Government is considering joining a scheme to bring asylum seekers to regional areas in return for a...

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April 2015

Refugee resettlement adds $40m to struggling Victorian town’s economy (SBS)

24 April 20150 comments

Refugee resettlement has created 70 full-time jobs and added $40 million to a struggling rural Victorian town’s...

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