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  • Who Are We?

    Who Are We?

    First of a series of posts on some of the wide range of people who make up Blue Mountains Support Group Inc.
    Our promotion says “”Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group Inc is a diverse group of ordinary Australians from all sides of politics….We are all volunteers.”
    Some of our most enthusiastic supporters are young people. Read two accounts of young people who are helping; the Automotive Studies students at Blaxland High School and Sam who raised over $1100 by running in the City to Surf 2018.Read more

  • Meet some of the locals in “World of Stories”.

    Meet some of the locals in “World of Stories”.

    Multicultural Health organised a celebration for Refugee Week, World of Stories. They showed this video for the first time, and Roger Grealy from BMRSG was the keynote speaker. One of those speaking on the video is Samzin Kalsang, (pictured above) who is on the Management Committee of BMRSG and active in the Tibetan community in Katoomba.Read more

  • Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

    Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

    On Thursday August 29, Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) launched officially its new research report Settlement Experience of Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward.
    The report draws on the experiences of recently arrived Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Australia, and seeks to identify gaps between current settlement supports and what else might be needed to achieve further positive outcomes for refugees. Read more

  • Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on the Australian Government to make urgent changes to improve protections for approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

    A new report Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’ reveals the human rights situation of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, including families and children, who arrived in Australia by boat before 1 January 2014.

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  • Students organise refugee film The Staging Post at Penrith Selective High School

    Students organise refugee film The Staging Post at Penrith Selective High School

    Filmmaker Jolyon Hoff and Afghan Hazara refugee, photographer and human rights advocate, Muzafar Ali spoke to Penrith Selective High School students about their 2017 documentary The Staging Post at the high school assembly on Wednesday, June 20th.
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  • An uplifting experience, The Staging Post

    An uplifting experience, The Staging Post

    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group hosted a screening of “The Staging Post” at Mt Vic Flicks on Wednesday 19th of June for Refugee Week.
    The filmmaker Jolyon Hoff and Afghan refugee Muzafar Ali were present for a Q&A after the film And answered questions to a packed house.
    Read more about this uplifting film.Read more

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