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

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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