An estimated 214 million people currently live outside their country of origin, many having moved for a variety of reasons in which the search for protection and the search for opportunity are inextricably entwined… While for some migration is a positive and empowering experience, far too many migrants have to endure human rights violations, discrimination, and exploitation… Yet, migrants contribute to economic growth and human development in both home and host countries and enrich societies through cultural diversity, fostering understanding and respect among peoples, cultures and societies.
Right Wrongs: On May 27, 1967, Australians voted in a referendum to change how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution. Explore personal stories, opinions and historical recordings of what happened.
What You Say Matters: information, stories and quick facts. Heaps of information on taking a stand against racism, including how to become involved with the “Racism. It stops with me.” campaign.
Oxfam Australia: an informative section on Indigenous Australia includes information and statistics on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and details of the associated work and campaigns carried out by Oxfam.
The Cultural Atlas: click on a country to explore its culture.
Australian Human Rights Commission – asylum seekers and refugees: find out the latest Australian news on immigration, asylum seekers and refugees.
The UN Refugee Agency: current news and stories of courage across the world.
Racism, No Way!: aside from information on racism, this site examines Australia’s cultural diversity, both now and in the past.
Taking IT Global: online discussions and ideas for action.
Australian Human Rights Commission: current news stories and media releases, photos and videos.
Global Education: facts, case studies, issues and profiles for your information.
Refugee Council of Australia: is the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. The site has news and events along with fact sheets and other resources. There are good links to other informative sites.
The Newcomer blog aims to connect people through stories of positive change which have improved the lives of Australians and contributed to more healthy, happy and harmonious communities.
Bullying. No Way!: great information and support for students of all ages and includes interactive, entertaining activities.
Hussain’s Journey is a stunning piece of multi-media, video journalism that documents the journey of Hussain, who travels from Quetta to Australia to seek Asylum.
Stop. Think. Respect – behind the scenes interviews: actors relate their experiences of passive racism. (4:18 mins)
Where Australia’s immigrants were born: interactive maps which show the top three birthplaces for immigrants in cities and suburbs across Australia.
Feature Shoot: photos of children from around the world with their most prized possessions.
Everyday Racism is an app, offering a journey to better understanding racism by walking in the shoes of someone else for seven days; receiving texts, tweets, images and videos that will challenge you and your assumptions.
The Incident: a Crimewatch style video (12 minutes) which reveals consequences of racism and how low level bullying can escalate.
Asylum: simulation – what decisions would you make if you were a refugee?
Road to Refuge: an interactive, educational site that allows the user to be placed in the shoes of an asylum seeker on their journey from their country of origin to Australia.
Test your knowledge of refugees and asylum seekers with this interactive quiz.
Seeking Asylum: follow one child’s journey to Australia.
How would you survive as a refugee?: 3½ minute animated video.
Bystander action on preventing race-based discrimination: 2 minute video (Victoria).
Muslim women making waves and breaking stereotypes: an 8 minute video about a 17-year-old Moroccan woman who is determined to surf.
Racism on the Bus: an infographic.
Cuc Lam’s suitcase: Vietnamese refugee, Cuc Lam, speaks about her experience of travelling to Australia in 1978 (video clip and classroom activities).
Immersion: 12 minute video which highlights the difficulties students may have when English is not their first language.
Long Journey – Young Lives traces the story of young refugees in an online, interactive documentary.
Choose your own statistics: infographics with up to date Australian statistics on refugees & asylum seekers, country of birth and demographics.
Labels: short video from the Red Cross.
Against All Odds is a game about refugee experiences.
Darfur is Dying: video game for change.
Beyond the Fire – teen experiences of war: interactive site which includes various text and audio stories of teenage refugees.
Friends Furever: cute, one minute video.
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC): action projects to join, volunteer and other ways of supporting the centre.
Let’s Fight Racism: United Nations page that has many suggestions on how to fight racism.
All Together Now: learn how to speak up when you witness racism.
Anti-hate: use the anti-hate tools to spray out hate.
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTAR): take a stand and show your support for justice, rights and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Refugees International: lend your voice, write a letter and talk to others.
Australian Harmony Day: a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common – celebrate it!
Refugee Council of Australia: your guide to successful and responsible advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers.
Equal Opportunity Tasmania: understand the law regarding discrimination and bullying.
OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES
A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as cultural diversity. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.
Equal Opportunity Tasmania provides education and information sessions to schools, colleges and community groups which relate to equal opportunity and promoting non–discriminatory practices. Their website has fact sheets on a wide range of discrimination issues.