Tag Archives: Refugees

We are not refugees

What is empathy? How do we empathise those who have had very different and experiences from us? How can Australians and others empathise with the trauma, stress and fear of asylum seekers and refugees, when we are not refugees? Brendan Rigby reflects on these questions. ...
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Dining with a difference: training young refugees for work in the hospitality industry

Scarf is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that is adding a little flavour and heart into the hospitality industry by providing training, mentoring and employment to marginalised youth, including refugees and asylum seekers, who may not otherwise be able to find jobs. Co-founder Hannah Colman talks to Rachel Kurzyp...
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“In-donor refugee costs”: breaking down Australia’s latest aid ‘cut’

Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, announced that $375 million in foreign aid will be re-allocated to cover the expenditure of refugees in Australia. This announcement has been met with outrage and derision. In this post, Brendan breaks down what it actually means and why such practices need to change....
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Climate Change and migration: what we need to be doing right now

Climate Change is happening, but we do not seem to realise it. The socio-economic impacts of Climate Change are enormous and the implications for human well-being are frightening. Erin Nash tackles the tricky landscape of Climate Change and migration, unpacking the concept of 'climate refugees'. Who are they? Where will...
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As long as the razor wire exists: Voices of refugees

Increasing rates of self-harm and a string of suicides reveal a troubling picture of Australian immigration detention centres. Deteriorating conditions are taking their toll on asylum seekers, yet the Australian government is persisting with its policy of mandatory detention. Susannah Waters speaks to some people at the heart of the...
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