Voices

Part of the mandate of JRS is to help give a voice to refugees. This section is dedicated to just that. Here you will find stories from refugees, their successes and the challenges they face rebuilding their lives.

Employment and People Seeking Asylum during COVID-19 – a reflection from our JRS Employment Coordinator

29th April 2020

Empowered to Work : Employment and People Seeking Asylum during COVID-19: A reflection by Leonie Dyer, JRS Employment Coordinator for the Empowered to Work Program. I manage the Empowered to Work employment program at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia and…

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Refugee Voices 2020

19th December 2019

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia’s “Refugee Voices” program offers young people the chance to hear the story of a refugee. This unique program gives school students a first hand account of a person that has experienced persecution, injustice and has been…

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Real Life Stories – Soraya.

9th July 2019

Stories from our Caseworkers: JRS Australia is honoured to have a direct relationship with people seeking asylum and refugees. In 2018 alone, over 3,000 people were served by us. Each of our JRS Caseworkers meets remarkable people. Here is the…

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The story of Hava – an advocate with lived experience.

8th July 2019

As a refugee in Australia, Hava Rezaie is a powerful voice. Throughout her life Hava has striven to improve the social standing of marginalised people and of women. Born in Afghanistan, Hava is part of the Hazara community, a minority…

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Refugee Voices 2019

28th February 2019

The JRS Refugee Voices program offers young people the chance to hear the story of a refugee.  This unique program gives school students a first hand account of a person that has experienced persecution, injustice and has been forced to flee their…

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An equal balance of mind and soul

19th July 2016

I began my placement at the Jesuit Refugee Service in April 2016 by hiding behind a computer screen and trying to learn everything I needed to know about asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

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The importance of sharing a meal together

16th June 2016

While the arguments and politics of the issue continue, one thing I can do is walk beside, and share a meal, with those who are going through it. When I first heard about the opportunity to volunteer with JRS by…

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Volunteering is a wonderful opportunity

11th May 2016

To be able to work here…is truly inspirational because the staff at JRS have such an attitude of respect and compassion, and everybody who walks in through the door…is treated as an equal.” I migrated to Australia in 1991, and…

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Reath Kawang nyak tells his story

11th December 2015

When war descended on his South Sudan village, the 8 year old Reath Kawang nyak was forced to flee.

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A journey in search of hope

7th October 2015

My name is Keyhan. I am a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan now living in Australia. Before I came here, I was in Indonesia for about three years and spent my time in several places. Places that I will never forget.

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