Tweaking Airbnb could be the answer to refugee integration

LIZ CALLIGEROS According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, an unparalleled 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age … [Read more...]

Journey of a refugee

LUJAYN HAWARI There are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people worldwide. 21.3 million are refugees. That's 21.3 million people who don't have a home, or a country to live in because they are escaping war and persecution. Their … [Read more...]

Refugees wither as prisoners relax

AARON COOPER You’re facing persecution for your religious beliefs to a point where you fear your life, your pregnant wife has been arrested and sexually assaulted for not wearing her hijab correctly you’re forced to flee your beloved homeland for no … [Read more...]

South Sudan humanitarian crisis

ANYIETH KUOTZ As we lead our lives here in Australia almost oblivious to the heartache of poverty, political exploitation and tribalism we miss the opportunity to understand, serve, and appreciate the simple gifts of life. South Sudan is currently … [Read more...]

Building a bridge between refugees and Australia through art

REBECCA BATS Once abundant towns, now stand deserted with the sound of  gunfire in nearby mountains which disturb your sleep. Your pillow is wet from the tears you cry not knowing where your family members are. A far too familiar story known to … [Read more...]

Mandatory detention: An investment in the decline of mental health

BY ELIZABETH ANDAL As mandatory detention continues, the mental well-being of the refugee community is suffering. Are we doing the right thing to ensure improvement of mental health? Or is this fundamental goal being overshadowed by alternative … [Read more...]

African cuisine helping refugees settle into Australia

LUJAYN HAWARI   A Brisbane-based restaurant specialising in Northeast African cuisine, helps refugees settle into Australia by providing them with work experience, training, and an opportunity to learn English. I speak to … [Read more...]

The Power of Schools

LIZ CALLIGEROS Australia has experienced sustained population growth for many decades, with substantial increase in immigrant numbers since the late 1990's. A new study released by the Scanlon Foundation suggests that schools may play a … [Read more...]

Refugee Restaurant

  ANNA J. JAMES The first part of our Spotlight on Refugees and Mental Health series is Refugee Restaurant, a 10-minute documentary filmed in Brisbane. Refugee Restaurant visits Mu'ooz in West End, a social enterprise and restaurant … [Read more...]

12,000 Syrian refugees to call Australia home

JANELSA OUMA Australia will be resettling an extra 12,000 refugees in a "once-off" increase of our humanitarian refugee quota in response to pressure from the Australian people and an escalation in the Syrian & Iraqi … [Read more...]