Seeking Asylum: Our Stories

The voices Australia should hear

This beautifully illustrated hardback captures the stories of those who have lived the experience of seeking asylum.

In their own voices, contributors share how they came to be in Australia, and explore diverse aspects of their lives: growing up in a refugee camp, studying for a PhD, changing attitudes through soccer, being a Muslim in a small country town, campaigning against racism, surviving detention, holding onto culture, dreaming of being reunited with family. 

There are stories of love, pain, injustice, achievement and everything in between. Accompanied by beautiful portrait photographs, they show the depth and diversity of people’s experience and trace the impact of Australia’s immigration policies. 

Seeking Asylum also includes a foreword by Liliana Maria and an essay by Abdul Karim Hekmat on the human, social and political impact of Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum over the last fifty years. With an afterword by Kon Karapanagiotidis and supporting material demystifying Australia’s current policies from Julian Burnside, Seeking Asylum redefines assumptions about people who have sought asylum and inspires readers to take action to create a more welcoming Australia.

100% of the proceeds from Seeking Asylum: Our Stories will be reinvested by the ASRC to fund projects that build people’s capacity to tell their story in their own way and provide opportunities to amplify their voices. One area of investment will continue to be the ASRC’s Community Advocacy and Power Program (CAPP). The CAPP training program, offered nationally, provides participants with skills in advocacy, community organising / mobilising, public speaking and effective media engagement.


The Village – Playwright

Experience the compelling real stories of ordinary people who have found themselves in extraordinary situations.

Created from verbatim accounts from refugees and people seeking asylum. The Village showcases the cultural diversity of Australia and honours the courage, strength and determination of the women, men and children who have made Australia their new home.


The Village was originally produced by La Boite Theatre Company and MDA and premiered at La Boite Theatre Company on 15 May 2017.

A collaboration between La Boite Theatre Company and MDA

featuring stories from Cieavash Arean, Arwin, Silva A Sal, Muhammad Akram, Ngoc Phan, Lili Sanchez and Joyce TayloISBN: 978 1 925338 80 5

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