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Ron Merkel discusses the difficulty of handling refugee cases, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of former Federal Court of Australia judge Ron Merkel discussing the difficulty of handling refugee cases. Merkel outlines how criteria from the UN refugee convention are used to make a judgement about whether a person is a genuine refugee. He explains that 'it's a very imperfect process' ...

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Refugee analysis from The Conversation

This is a collection of 200+ articles about refugees. It includes articles about the Australian government’s refugee policy over time, policies and approaches internationally, articles on the western Europe migrant crisis of 2015, “explainers” on why refugee intake number vary across Europe, and a long-read essay by Julian ...

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Refugee kids: adjusting to a new culture

How can we help refugees adjust to their new life in Australia? Look at this group of teenage African refugee boys as they take part in an eight-week training course. Through a program of physically challenging activities, they learn to take positive risks and regain their ability to trust.

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Successful language learners: whole-school ESL language and literacy practices

This teacher resource describes the Successful Language Learners Whole-school ESL Language and Literacy (SLL) strategy implemented in 11 Sydney metropolitan public and Catholic schools. The strategy met the needs of ESL students, particularly refugee students, newly arrived students with little or no English language skills, ...

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Refugees

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about refugees. It includes sections on factors leading to people being forced to leave and seek safety; refugees and asylum seekers; life in a refugee camp; statistics about refugees worldwide; Myanmar refugees; and how a number of international support programs are empowering ...

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Razia's refuge

Australia welcomes thousands of refugees from around the world every year, and Razia Gharibi is one of them. Her Heywire audio story about a journey from Afghanistan to Shepparton provides a personal perspective on Australia's refugee program. You could consider it in any discussion about whether or not Australia should ...

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My place, your place

This is a suite of five teaching activities about homes and places where we and others live. It includes sections on why it is important to have a home, what we use in homes, different types of housing in Australia and elsewhere in the world, an orphanage that provides refugee children with a home, and the importance of ...

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Leaving Cambodia: timeline

This is a website that chronicles the development timeline of Cambodia, detailing the development of modern Cambodia, the years of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and the years since. The modern timeline contains links to the life stories of six Cambodian nationals who have migrated to Australia, with key events within the ...

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A view of Australia's identity and immigration

How have the convict era and immigration influenced Australia's view of itself? In this clip from an audio interview, journalist Geraldine Doogue interviews historian John Hirst. They discuss his views about convict heritage, national character, the White Australia policy, racism, and recent immigration, refugee and and ...

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Improvising music from recycled materials

Discover the story behind the dan tre, a unique musical instrument made from bamboo and recycled materials. It was created by Vietnamese refugee Minh Tam Nguyen. He later generously donated the instrument to the Australian people, which has enabled us to hear his story. Find out why the dan tre carries special significance ...

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'Kurdish refugees of the Gulf War', 1992

This is a work of art by Hasan Bagdas that uses paper collage and oil paint to depict Kurdish refugees fleeing chemical warfare during the Gulf War. Paper has been folded and manipulated to create four figures carrying bundles against an arid background. One figure with stick in hand dominates the foreground and there are ...

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'Metamorphosis of a saz', c1990-95

This is a mixed media sculpture by Hasan Bagdas, constructed in wood, paper and found objects. The piece represents a kangaroo made from a saz (a Turkish musical instrument), a vacuum cleaner head and leather. Various international images and images from the artist's paintings have been stuck to the body of the sculpture. Found ...

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Banner depicting a Hmong migration story, c1985-92

This is a banner consisting of an embroidered design on a blue background, inside a border. The embroidery depicts the migration of the Hmong people from their homeland. It shows a village scene with one soldier about to set fire to the huts and others pointing guns at the Hmong. There are scenes depicting work and the ...

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Refugees welcome here

This resource embeds the use of online collaboration tools and 21st century learning skills in a student-centered hands-on project designed to welcome refugees into their community. The syllabus outcomes are aligned to NSW Stage 4 English, Geography or Visual Arts but this could be used with older or younger students by ...

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Hmong banner

This is a banner made by Hmong women from Laos consisting of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border of blue, grey and white fabric. The embroidery depicts scenes of a farming community and shows men and women, sometimes with children, performing the tasks of sowing, reaping and processing various crops ...

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New arrivals to Australia

What is it like for refugees arriving in Australia today? Here we find out about the experience of the Williams family, who fled the African nation of Liberia to seek asylum (safe haven) in Australia. They now have access to a different lifestyle and opportunities. How are they finding their first three weeks in the new country?

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The Globalising World: Changing policies and Australian identity

This is a unit of work about migration to Australia from 1945. It has a particular focus on how migration has shaped Australia as a nation over time. It has four teaching and learning sequences that explore: changes to Australia’s immigration policies including the dismantling of the White Australia Policy; reasons for ...

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Australia as a nation - race, rights and immigration

This is a unit of work about race, rights and immigration in Australia since 1900. It has four teaching and learning sequences that explore: human rights and freedoms; Australian democracy and citizenship and those who advocated for rights through the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; migration to ...

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Countermarch floor loom, 1945-50

This is a loom made from recycled timber. The loom is fitted together with wooden pegs and steel bolts, and is made up of many pieces, which allow it to be dismantled and reconstructed. Its dimensions are: 1.43 m (length) x 1.70 m (width) x 1.88 m (height).

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Harry's Cafe de Wheels, 1945-85

This is a converted box-style caravan used for 40 years by Harry's Cafe de Wheels to sell pies, crumbed sausages and other food in Sydney. The roof of the caravan is slightly arched, and there is colourful advertising signage covering the front. The text reads: 'HARRY'S CAFE DE-WHEELS / WE SELL & RECOMMEND .... BIRD'S Quality ...