Further reading




  • Once You’re Born You Can No Longer Hide (Italian) 2005 - A young Italian boy accidentally falls overboard while yachting with his father on the Mediterranean. He is rescued by a boatload of undocumented immigrants attempting to reach Italy by sailing across the Mediterranean.
  • Nowhere Home (Norway), A documentary film that follows the lives of a number of children who are seeking an extension of their asylum status.
  • Mary meets Mohammed, Waratah Films 2013 (Australia), A documentary film that follows the arrival of Tasmania's first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary, and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie. (Filmmaker Heather Kirkpatrick)
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Produced by Chris Kamen) is a 52-minute film about asylum seekers who make the journey to Australia by boat. An abridged version (11 minutes) is available for schools.
  • Villawood Mums (Film: 7 mins) by Curious Works ‘The Stories Project’ explores the experiences of detention in Australia through two different ladies.
  • Cuc Lam’s Suitcase, National Treasures (2004, 4min 55) A short clip about a small red vinyl suitcase, a symbol of a new beginning in a new country.
  • Lucky Miles, (2007) A film about three different blokes stranded in the Australian desert.
  • Was Nun, a film about a refugee journey by the stage 5 German class from Trinity Catholic College, Goulburn (Best drama 2013, NSW Modern Language Teachers Association (MLTA) Linguafest competition)
  • The invasion of Lampedusa, Ronachan Films and BBC1 UK, 2011, also available via Vimeo # 37444478 - issues of immigration in Europe highlighted by thousands of people from Tunisia and Libya arriving on an Italian island.
  • Freedom from Fear is a video about supporting refugee children in schools. The DVD was put together by NSW Department of Education and Communities South Western Sydney region about programs and strategies that are operating in NSW public schools. Available from NSW DEC.

Training materials

Training materials are available for those working in the refugee sector.

Reference material

  • Richard Parsons, Multicultural Development Association (2013) Assessing the economic contribution of refugees in Australia [PDF]
  • Centre for Multicultural Youth (2013) Settling or Surviving: unaccompanied young adults [PDF]
  • Centre for Refugee Research (2011) Hear our calls for action: 2011 Refugee Women’s Dialogue, Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Centre for Refugee Research (2011) Refugee Conference Youth Forum: Celebrating the voices of young people from Refugee Backgrounds, Centre for Refugee Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Department of Immigration and Border Protection (2013) Getting settled: Women refugees in Australia
  • Eckert, R., Doney, G. & Pittaway E (2008) Celebrating Refugee Lives. Sydney: UNSW Centre for Refugee Research.
  • Eckert, R. & Pittaway E (2010) Realizing Refugee Rights in Regional Areas. Sydney: UNSW Centre for Refugee Research.
  • Pittaway, E 2008, I have a voice - hear me. The resettlement experience of Refugees from the Horn of Africa in Australia, UNSW Centre for Refugee Research Occasional Paper No. 11 CRR/ANCORW Sydney.
  • Doney, G, Pittaway, E & Vu, T 2009, ‘Unsung Heroes: An Evaluation of the AMES Community Guides program’, Research Report, Commissioned by the Adult Multicultural Education Service, Victoria. UNSW Centre for Refugee Research, Sydney.
  • Pittaway, E. & Bartolomei. L. with UNHCR Geneva (2011) Survivors Protectors Providers: Refugee Women Speak Out, Divisions of International Protection, UNHCR Geneva
  • Refugee Council of Australia, Finding the Right Time and Place [PDF] July 2010, provides further evidence of good practice in the provision of education and training that meet the needs of refugee young people (16-24 years old) who settle in Australia with a history of disrupted education
  • NSW Department of Education and Training, Teaching Refugees in my classroom,(2009) Teaching Refugees in my classroom is a professional learning course that has been designed to help classroom teachers (K-12), develop their understanding of the educational needs of refugee students.
  • NSW Department of Education and Training, Promoting Positive Behaviour & Learning: Assisting Refugees at School,(2009)
  • Centre for Refugee Research, Surviving War - Surviving Peace (2009) Surviving War - Surviving Peace is a training resource for school personnel working with refugee children and young people. Copies have been distributed to DEC regional Student Support Coordinators, Student Counselling and Welfare and regional Coordinators, Equity Programs and Distance Education. Copies are available from the UNSW Centre for Refugee Research
  • M Crock, B Saul and A Dastyari, Future Seekers II: Refugees and Irregular Migration in Australia (2006), pp 113-117.
  • A Houston, P Aristotle and M L’Estrange, Report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, Australian Government (2012).
  • J Phillips and H Spinks, Boat arrivals in Australia since 1976, Parliamentary Library Research Paper (updated 23 July 2013)
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Towards better health for refugee children and young people in Australia and New Zealand: The RACP perspective2007 Sydney.