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Students welcome migrants to the classroom for cultural exchange

Shindano Ecanga and St Mary's students

ST Mary’s Primary School, Ipswich, invited a group of adult English learners from TAFE Queensland’s Ipswich campus to share their life experience and practise their English skills. The students aimed to make Jesus real as they welcomed the visitors into their school and enhanced their learning about current migration trends shaping Australian society. The TAFE students came from a broad ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with Mt Alvernia College students

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

Parish challenged to show face of mercy for migrants and refugees

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FATHER John Kunnathumadappillil drew on his first experience of encountering a “strange country, strange people and strange means of transport” in helping his congregation reflect on the importance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday recently. “I did not know what to do and I was nearly lost,” Fr Kunnathumadappillil said in his homily at Mass in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Townsville. The ... Read More »

Young husband pleads for refuge for detained wife

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has refused to step in and allow the release of young Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor who is in detention in Brisbane. The 22-year-old woman has been held in immigration facilities in Darwin and Brisbane the past two years and faces deportation, despite the impassioned pleas of her community support group and her 22-year-old husband Milad ... Read More »

Australia’s refugees respond to jibe from Peter Dutton

Clyde Cosentino

FR Lam Vu, refugee, architect and now Capuchin priest is grateful to God and to Australia for allowing his family to settle in the lucky country. Fr Vu, who is parish priest at St Mary’s, South Brisbane, was willing to respond to comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton that refugees are uneducated, unemployable and at the same time “taking ... Read More »

Refugees hang ten on Aussie beach

Refugee learns to surf

MORE than 100 migrant and refugees from southern Brisbane suburbs were greeted with blue skies, sunshine and warm smiles for the annual Infant Saviour St Vincent de Paul Society conference beach picnic. Conference president Dot Farley said the day, in its 14th year, was a huge success. Burleigh Heads Vincentian Hans Van Mosseveld said the picnic was a collaborative effort ... Read More »

Detention centre ‘hell’ kept young married couple apart over Christmas

Milad Jafari

A YOUNG Brisbane woman has one hope for 2016 – that she will “come back from this hell” in immigration detention and be reunited with her husband. Mojgan Shamsalipoor is in detention in Darwin facing possible deportation back to Iran. In the meantime, her husband Milad Jafari is back in Brisbane working tirelessly for her release. Catholic refugee advocate Brendan ... Read More »

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