Refugee Week

18-24 June

Refugee Week is a time to celebrate the courage, resilience and valuable contributions of refugees to Australian society.

This week provides a platform to promote positive stories of asylum seekers and refugees to create a culture of welcome, and to remind us that regardless of our differences, we all share a common humanity.

More information and resources about Refugee Week are available here.


  • Abdi Aden

    Abdi Aden

    Abdi Aden grew up in Mogadishu until the outbreak of Somalia’s devastating civil war separated him from his family and home. He fled Mogadishu with 300 others and headed for […]

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  • Akuch Kuol Anyieth

    Akuch Kuol Anyieth

    Akuch Kuol Anyieth is an award-winning author, writer and academic researcher in crime, justice and legal studies. Akuch was born in South Sudan during the civil war and raised in […]

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  • Nyadol Nyuon Speaking Out

    Nyadol Nyuon

    Nyadol Nyuon is a lawyer, community advocate, writer, and accomplished public speaker. Nyadol Nyuon was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. […]

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  • Mariam Issa

    Mariam Issa

    Speaker, author, storyteller, community builder. At age 30, Mariam Issa moved to a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, from her Somali homeland with her husband, four children and a fifth on […]

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  • Khadija Gbla

    Differences in culture and background are simply that – differences. Not better or worse, simply different. Khadija Gbla is a cultural consultant and peer educator with unmatched ability to bridge […]

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  • mariam V

    Mariam Veiszadeh

    Mariam Veiszadeh is an award-winning human rights advocate, lawyer, diversity and inclusion practitioner, contributing author and media commentator. In 2021, Mariam was appointed CEO of Media Diversity Australia. She has […]

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  • Mark Isaacs

    Mark Isaacs

    Mark Isaacs is a writer, researcher, photographer, and community worker. His first book, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru (Hardie Grant, 2014), is an account of his work with asylum seekers in Nauru, one […]

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  • Alice Pung

    Alice Pung OAM

    Alice Pung OAM is an award-winning author, journalist, lawyer and educator from Melbourne. Her non-fiction books Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Growing Up Asian in Australia have been set […]

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  • Fadi Chalouhy

    Fadi Chalouhy

    When no country in the world recognises you as a citizen…life is an obstacle! What if you were born with no rights to an education, employment, healthcare and freedom of […]

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