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10 Jun 2014

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Refugee Week launch moves to Western Sydney in 2014


After being detained at the remote Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia and experiencing the uncertainty of life on a Temporary Protection Visa, Ali enrolled at Holroyd High School and continued his studies, graduating with a Master’s Degree.

The Refugee Week launch will also feature a speech by RCOA President Phil Glendenning, presentation of the NSW Humanitarian Awards and entertainment by a Tamil group.

RCOA chief executive officer said the launch was an important opportunity for the Western Sydney community to celebrate the achievements of refugees in local communities.

“Since Federation, Australia has welcomed more than 800,000 humanitarian arrivals, who have played a vital role in building vibrant, diverse and supportive communities.

“The decision to launch Refugee Week in Granville reflects the positive impact refugee settlement is playing in the social, economic and community life of Australia’s third-largest economy.”

For further information about Refugee Week (Sunday 15 June to Saturday 21 June), local events, Ambassador profiles and more, visit

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