Challenging Australia’s refugee narrative – Al Jazeera


Sri Lankan migrants bound for Australia are detained in Indonesian waters [AP]

Melbourne, Australia –  A portrait of a thoughtful Malcolm X overlooks the chaotic office space in the heart of the city. It is home to a refugee-run organisation fighting to reframe Australia’s asylum seeker debate.

At a desk amid the stacked boxes and clutter sits Ramesh Fernandez, the founder ofRISE: Refugees Survivors and Ex-Detainees, an organisation that provides services to refugees and advocates for policy change.

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