THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP, MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

CELEBRATING REFUGEE SUCCESS THROUGH FILM




THE HON BRENDAN O’CONNOR MP, MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

JULIE OWENS MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PARRAMATTA

CELEBRATING REFUGEE SUCCESS THROUGH FILM

20 February 2013  (Translation of this article appears in Arabic section)

Five refugees from the Horn of Africa region star on the big screen in a documentary launched by the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O’Connor.

Mr O’Connor and Federal MP for Parramatta Julie Owens attended the premiere screening of New Land, New Life in Parramatta, in conjunction with the Horn of Africa Relief & Development Agency (HARDA).

Mr O’Connor said the documentary showed an inspiring story of success and opportunity for the refugee community in Australia.

The film is a moving portrayal of the struggles and victories refugees face in establishing their new life in Australia,” Mr O’Connor said.

The overwhelming success of these refugees is a reminder of our world-class settlement policy and services, allowing migrants to flourish and Australia to capitalise on the full benefits of migration for our society.”

The three men and two women featured in the documentary include an Ethiopian who is now one of Mitsubishi Holdings Australia’s top executives and a former child soldier from South Sudan who arrived at age 18 speaking no English, but now works as a criminal lawyer.

Ms Owens said the documentary not only told of the refugees’ inspiring journeys, but their hopes for the future in their adopted country.

The documentary is not just about where these amazing individuals have come from but how they want their journeys to continue, with a special brand of humour and emotion,” Ms Owens said.

New Land, New Life provides an opportunity for the wider community to understand first-hand the contributions and achievements of these Australians, many of whom arrived as humanitarian entrants having endured difficult circumstances overseas.

The film will educate the broader community about the positive contribution that the African community makes for all Australians.”

Commissioned by HARDA, the film’s production was funded by the Australian Government.

The Gillard Government is committed to making sure people settling in Australia have the support and help they need to fully participate in Australian community life,” Mr O’Connor said.

JULIE OWENS MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PARRAMATTA




 














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