FAQ

What does Road to Refuge do?

Road to Refuge is an organisation which focuses on changing the conversation on the issue of seeking asylum in Australia by providing a platform to amplify the voices and perspectives of lived experience who matter most: people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum, in their words and on their terms.

How does Road to Refuge work with people of refugee backgrounds?

Road to Refuge shares knowledge, lowers barriers and upskills, so people from refugee backgrounds have the ability to crack the mainstream themselves. Road to Refuge works and partners with people with lived experience to share knowledge and run effective, innovative and inclusive campaigns that make a real impact, together.

In what ways does Road to Refuge support people of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds?

The voices that are missing from the current debate on refugees are people who have actually sought asylum themselves. This has the tendency to skew the debate away from the humans involved, whereas we believe that the issue is one of how we treat people. At Road to Refuge, we believe that elevating first-person perspectives and powerful stories about courage, dignity and hardship has the ability to change people’s’ perspectives. Road to Refuge focuses on  sharing lived experiences directly from the individual.

How can I get involved?

Join the mailing list and stay up to date with what we are doing.

How do Refugees differ from Migrants and Asylum Seekers?

An asylum seeker is someone seeking protection because they have a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. An asylum seeker could also be someone who is fleeing other serious human rights violations. Not every asylum seeker will ultimately be recognised as a refugee, but every refugee is initially an asylum seeker.

A refugee is a person who has fled persecution, has sought protection and has been granted refugee status. A refugee may be residing in a refugee camp waiting for an opportunity to return to their home country, waiting for resettlement in another country, or may have been resettled in another country such as Australia.

A migrant is a person who chooses to leave their country, generally to seek work, undertake study or be reunited with family. They can return home at any time if things don’t work out.

What happens to asylum seekers in Australia?

Asylum seekers have not be granted a refugee status are classified as illegal immigrants and those who travel to Australia for asylum are placed in detention centres.

Who holds the majority of the world’s refugee population?

The majority of the world’s refugee population are held by countries that are less developed than Australia. Countries such as Lebanon, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

What differentiates Road to Refuge from other non-for-profit organisations?

Road to Refuge is an organisation which focuses on changing the conversation on the issue of seeking asylum in Australia, by providing a platform to amplify the voices and perspectives of lived experience who matter most: people from refugee backgrounds and people seeking asylum, in their words and on their terms.

Road to Refuge shows nuanced, human perspectives of people seeking asylum – highlighting their individuality, their complexities and their strength, rather than only their trauma, through compelling and ethical storytelling. Road to Refuge is hoping to collaborate and work with people seeking asylum/people from refugee backgrounds to build advocacy, leadership and professional skills on their terms. Road to Refuge believes seeking asylum is an issue of how we treat people. When ethics and equity are the underlying principles of advocacy, the movement will win.