Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

Refugee finds a new life through music

18 February 20190 comments

Iranian refugee Hadi Mohammadi has carved out a “dream role” for himself playing and teaching music to residents in care homes in Melbourne’s north.

Hadi, who was part of AMES…

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Issam’s story

6 February 20190 comments

In the Victorian town of Warragul Dr Issam Muteir is a minor celebrity.

The specialist in General Medicine and Cardiology is originally from Iraq and came to Australia initially to…

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Migrants embrace Australia Day, survey finds

6 February 20190 comments

A large majority of migrants and refugees new to Australia plan to become citizens and feel it is important to mark Australia Day, according to a new survey.

Most newcomers…

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Refugee doctor’s search for a future

21 December 20180 comments

Iraqi refugee Dr Ayad Jbreeta says that there is a saying in his country: ‘Today is worse than yesterday but it is better than tomorrow’.

He says it sums up the pain of a nation that has been wracked by war, repression and sectarian violence for decades.

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Fighting for his community – a refugee’s mission

21 December 20181 comment

The Second Sudanese Civil War took Richard Deng’s father and forced him to flee alone into the chaotic life of a refugee.

Almost two decades on, he is harnessing his memories of those experiences to develop mutual understanding between refugees and Australians.

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Sudanese refugee’s long walk to safety

23 November 20181 comment

As a small boy Peter Kon was forced on a month-long march across rugged bushland away from his family and village.

For the next 18-years a refugee camp would be his home and disease, starvation and death his constant companions.

But the South Sudanese refugee refused to give up his dream of a future.

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Sector News

April 2015

Victorian town gets $41m benefit from resettling Burmese Karen refugees (The Guardian)

23 April 20150 comments

A small town in Victoria has gained an economic benefit of $41.5m from resettling refugees, a report has found, pointing...

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PROFILE: A refugee’s search for freedom (Naomi Valley Independent)

22 April 20150 comments

Sri Lankan-born Tamil man, Kamalanathan Pakkianathan, also known as Theepan, has been granted permanent residency in...

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Hundreds gather in Sydney protesting against refugee and asylum seeker policy (ABC)

21 April 20150 comments

Hundreds of demonstrators gather in Sydney to protest against Australia’s policies on refugees and asylum seekers, in...

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Australia’s oldest Karen WW2 veteran gears up for Anzac Day (SBS)

21 April 20150 comments

Australia’s oldest Karen World War Two veteran is preparing to march in his sixth Anzac Day parade. Bordy Weeku...

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