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How refugee and Nauru detainee Nabi Baqiri became a fruit-picking millionaire

How refugee and Nauru detainee Nabi Baqiri became a fruit-picking millionaire

By Alana Rosenbaum Nabi Baqiri is paying for a tractor part and chainsaw to use in his Shepparton orchard. The former refugee hands over a cheque and asked the sales assistant to fill in the date and transaction amount. “I don’t know how to write,” he explains. “Don’t joke with me. I don’t have time,” the sales assistant replies, […]

Austria holds refugee talks as young Hazaras flee persecution to make ‘dangerous’ journey to Europe

By Kim Traill As refugees continue to flow into Europe unabated this year, Austria will host a summit this week of Balkan states in another attempt to find a solution to the crisis. The meeting comes after Macedonia closed its borders to asylum seekers from all countries other than Syria, and Iraq and the Austrians […]

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‘If I’m not accepted as a refugee I’ll die in Afghanistan’

By Laura Dean, LESBOS, Greece — “My friends call me ‘Darya.’ It means ‘sea,’” says a young university student from Afghanistan. A month ago, Darya had never been anywhere near the sea. But when he decided to leave Afghanistan for Europe, he had to cross one. He left because it was not safe to stay. Darya […]

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Desperate journeys: Persecuted Hazara flee Afghanistan

By Kevin Kusmez Facing discrimination and a lack of opportunity, ethnic Hazara are among those landing on the Greek island of Lesbos. Lesbos, Greece – The smuggler camp where Milad was waiting is ideally situated as a launching point to the Greek island of Lesbos. The island spreads out invitingly on the horizon with nothing […]

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Hazara refugee now doctor tells modern day refugee success story

By Tony Moore Hazara refugee, now doctor Homa Forotan is just one Brisbane example of a modern-day Australian refugee success story. And as she said, “I am just one of a million success stories in Australia today.” Dr Homa Forotan went to the Milpera Migrant School at Graceville – an unheralded jewel in Brisbane’s migrant […]

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Hazara asylum seeker feared dead after self-immolation during video call

By Melissa Davey Khodayar Amini was speaking with refugee advocates on Sunday when he threatened to take his own life, before self-immolating on camera A Hazara asylum seeker living in Australia on a bridging visa is feared dead after he self-immolated during a video call with refugee advocates. Khodayar Amini, a Hazara aged 30, told […]

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More than 20,000 asylum seekers receive work rights after years living in forced destitution

By  Nick Toscano, Workplace Reporter How sweet it is to wake to a new day – a day with a shape, a day with meaning. Hamid Ali rises early. He pours tea into a thermos, pulls on a vest and steps outside into the morning chill. Then he starts to smile. “Two years I have been in Australia and there was nothing,” he says. “We had no […]

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Asylum seekers’ plight in focus at insightful breakfast

By Dr. Marco Ceccarelli It is difficult to hear the personal account of Mr Ashraff Mohammad, a former refugee from Afghanistan who belongs to the Hazara ethnic minority, without being shaken to the core and feeling like more needs to be done for those seeking asylum in Australia. Mr Mohammad recently told his story at […]

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Europe’s Refugee Crisis Isn’t Only About Syria

By Zalmai Rajab Ali, a 16-year-old Hazara boy from Afghanistan’s Bamyan province, was silently weeping when we found him standing at the last remaining opening in the 12-foot-high razor-wire border fence Hungary has constructed on its border with Serbia. (Rajab’s name has been changed to protect his identity.) When my photographer, Zalmai, an Afghan refugee […]

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Hazara Refugee’s 3,000 Mile Trek to Safety

By Tyler Jump & Kulsoom Rizvi Abous, right, his wife Huma and their six-month-old son Batroun sit in a park located on the Greek island of Lesbos where thousands of refugees from war-torn countries arrive daily. Photo: Tyler Jump/IRC Abous* left his home in central Afghanistan in late August, trekking by foot with his wife […]

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