Pathways To Citizenship – Side Session

Pathways to Citizenship – Side Session

Tuesday 19 February - Conference Day One will be wrapping up with a side session entitled "Pathways to Citizenship". The session will explore the significance of citizenship for refugees and the legal and practical barriers to attaining citizenship. The panel will include speakers from Adelaide University, Beena Rezaae Legal & Migration (SA), Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers (NSW) and UNSW. The  will aim to outline the role of citizenship as a pathway to full membership and integration in the Australian community.…

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Waleed Alkhazrajy

Waleed Alkhazrajy

Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy is 50 something years old, from Iraq, the cradle of civilization. Waleed left Iraq in a hurry in 1995. He arrived uninvited without a visa to the northern shores of Australia in 1996 and was detained for almost 20 hours a day for a month and then spent a further 10 months in the main compound at Port Headland Detention Center. He was released on a protection visa in 1997. In 1998, Waleed came second on the…

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Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality. Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, racism, human rights, refugees and cultural diversity through her…

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Sangeetha Pillai

Sangeetha Pillai

Dr Sangeetha Pillai is a constitutional lawyer and a Senior Research Associate at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law. She is an expert on Australian citizenship law, and the constitutional differences in the scope of government power that can be exercised over citizens and non-citizens. Her work has been published in leading Australian and international journals. Sangeetha is the Kaldor Centre's expert on the domestic public law framework governing refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Her…

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Zita Ngor

Zita Ngor

Zita Adut Deng Ngor graduated with Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons) and a Bachelor of International Studies in 2003.  In 2009 she completed a Master of Public and International Law at Melbourne University and in 2018 she also completed a Master of Business Administration (Executive). Zita Ngor has an active interest in working with and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged groups within society.  In 2001 she received a Centenary Medal for service to the community and in 2013…

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Ismail Alizada

Ismail Alizada

My name is Ismail Alizada, I am a former refugee from Afghanistan. I arrived in Australia in 2010. Since 2010 I have been living in Adelaide. I am currently running my own Signage and printing business called Ezi Sign & Printers. I started my business in partnership with two friends in February 2013. The partnership continued till 2014. Since 2014 I have been running it by myself. I am currently the board member of Baba Mazari Foundation a charity organization.

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Sara Shengeb

Sara Shengeb

Sara came to Australia as a political refugee from Eritrea six years ago.  Since her arrival, she has been a strong advocate for empowering and engaging young people to shape the policies that influence their lives through her work with government and non-government organizations. Sara has designed and led programs that raise the voices of refugee and migrant youth directly to West Australian politicians and policymakers. A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Sara is currently working for the Commissioner for Children…

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Muzafar Ali

Muzafar Ali

Muzafar Ali is a former refugee from Afghanistan. He is currently living in Adelaide and studies at University of South Australia. He worked for seven years for the United Nations in Afghanistan. His work evolved in disarmament of illegal armed groups, strengthening political institutions and civil society organisations and development. In the wake of the worsening security situation in Afghanistan, Muzafar decided to migrate to Indonesia in 2013, where he played a key role to establish first ever refugee school…

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Alex Reilly

Alex Reilly

Alex Reilly is Professor of Law and Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit at the University of Adelaide. Alex researches and teaches in the areas of migration, citizenship, constitutional law and Indigenous legal issues. He has been involved in a range of government and industry-funded projects in these areas, as well as co-authoring two books, Australian Public Law (3 editions) and Rights and Redemption: History, Law and Indigenous People, co-editing an international collection, Sovereignty: Frontiers of Possibility,…

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