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Articles on Refugees and Asylum Seekers


Boundless plains to share: Bathurst touted an ideal regional safe haven for refugees

ABC news online 24 March 2017 by Gavin Coote
A regional New South Wales city is mounting a push to become a safe haven for refugees to ease pressure facing the capital cities.
Talks have begun in Bathurst about taking part in the Safe Haven Visa Scheme, offering asylum seekers the chance to work or study in a regional area.


The Messenger

The Wheeler Centre website 23 January 2017
From Behind the Wire and the Wheeler Centre, The Messenger brings you into the Australian immigration detention centre on Manus Island – and reveals, in intimate detail, one man’s experience of what it’s really like to flee tragedy and seek asylum by boat.


Arriving by Boat

Creating Space Project – interview by Ruth Nelson January 2017
This is an interview with Ngan, a young woman who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in the 1990s. She is an amazing example of the ways in which refugees enrich Australia


What psychologist Paul Stevenson saw on Nauru

Conversations with Richard Fidler 9 Nov 2016
Pyschologist Paul Stevenson worked on Naura and shares his experiences


African refugees reinvigorating rural Mingoola in social experiment to boost ageing community

Australian Story by Greg Hassall 7 Nov 2016
‘A radical grassroots resettlement plan has transformed an ageing rural community, bringing together two groups with very different problems.’


‘We are the forgotten people’: the anguish of Australia’s ‘invisible’ asylum seekers

The Guardian April 2016
Article by Ben Doherty and Abdul Karim Hekmat on people living in Australia on a ‘Bridging Visa E’ (BVE).


Richard Fidler talks to Richard Flanaghan

Conversations 21 March 2016
Author Richard Flanaghan visited Lebanon, Greece and Serbia in February 2016


Gifts for Manus supports asylum seekers health

Bega District News 23 October 2015 by Albert McKnight
Gifts for Manus was founded by Ali Murdoch and is based in Bega. The Group sends basic necessities to asylum seekers detained on Manus Island.


Bathurst Refugee Support Group Articles


Bathurst Refugee Support Group urges locals to open their hearts and minds

Western Advocate 7 January 2017 by Murray Nicholls
Bathurst Refugee Support Group responds to a social media outcry over Bathurst Regional Council’s plans to host a refugee employment workshop this year to investigate local job opportunities for refugees who might settle in the region.


Tribute to Sister Pat Linnane

Western Advocate 28 Dec 2016
Sister Pat Linnane is remembered and honoured in this article.