An uncertain future: recognizing the experience of Australia’s refugees

MATTHEW WOTHERSPOON Poverty, famine, disease. It’s an image antonymous with first-world life. But for refugees who have been forced to settle into a first-world country, it’s an all too familiar experience. For many refugees however, while the … [Read more...]

Changing the lives of Refugees at Harmony Place

MARIAN JOSEPH Last year 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced from their home countries as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence and human rights violations. Of 65.3 million, 21.3 million were refugees. Imagine, … [Read more...]

A forgotten war as remembered by William

TAYLOR TOOVEY Do you remember the War in Chechnya that left 50,000 - 100,000 people dead and 500,000 displaced in just two years? This war was likely in your lifetime yet the atrocities imposed upon Chechen civilians in the First Chechen War … [Read more...]

Fighting for life: a refugees struggle for acceptance

DAVID SIMON When refugees are presented in the media throughout Australia, the adopted angles are those that present these people as hindrances and national security issues to this country. Seldom is the view taken that these people faced … [Read more...]

Refugees mental health: cultural complexities

ALANNAH KERR “We journey towards a home not of our flesh. It’s chestnut trees are not of our bones. Its rocks are not like goats in the mountain hymn. The pebbles’ eyes are not lilies. We journey towards a home that does not halo our heads … [Read more...]

Holding onto hope

JESSICA WEST As the worlds refugee situation goes from bad to worse the only thing preventing some of these refugees from ending this never ending nightmare is the idea of hope and the people on the outside fighting for their cause. A … [Read more...]

Community connections play key role in refugee resettlement

JESS ROBERTSON Growing up, we have the opportunity to go to school, to make our own friends, to meet their parents and create connections through them. We live in a world that's fundamentally made up of networks, and without these … [Read more...]

Australia much like the UK in the face of global refugee crisis

CASSANDRA PALMER-FIELD It was another day of informative discussion at the Integrity 20 Summit with Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Professor Penelope Matthew, Professor Robert Manne and Race Discrimination Commisioner Tim Soutphommasane analyzing the … [Read more...]

Growing up abroad: a glimpse back in time

LIAM WIDDICOMBE For nearly a decade now tuning in to the six-o’clock news meant tuning in to the war in the Middle-East; a conflict synonymous with clashing cultures, opposing ideologies, and of course fleeing refugees. It seems we are all too … [Read more...]

Every child deserves a childhood

CASSANDRA PALMER-FIELD Reading books, packing bags and doing homework, for most young children these are the dreaded daily chores. Yet for refugees they are the small pleasures that take their minds off the trauma and tragedy. Australia holds … [Read more...]