Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector

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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Dream of world peace slipping away

8 June 20180 comments

The number of refugees fleeing conflicts has soared to 1 percent of the world’s total population, the highest level in modern history, according to a new report.

The 2018 Global Peace Index shows the world is less peaceful now than at any time in the last 10 years with terrorism and internal conflict the two biggest contributors.

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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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