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Religious Studies: Unit 2 - Area of Study 2: Religion and Morality in a Pluralistic Society 2017

Insightful Documentaries on Refugees

Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS)
This three-part series follows six ordinary Australians who agree to challenge their preconceived notions about refugees and asylum seekers.

Season 1 Part 1

Season 1 Part 2

Season 1 Part 3

The Response 

Go Back to Where You Came From Series 3 Resources

Watch through the Library Catalogue: 

A Well Founded Fear (2010)

Refugee Q&A Special: Australia's Sovereign Borders (2016) 

Compass: Mary and Mohammed (2013)

This film follows the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre, as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.

Home Away From Home (2014) Life in a Refugee Camp: Zaatari, Jordan.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Film Trailer
(Borrow the DVD from the Library here)
When she was 9, Zainab’s parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan. They set out on a journey across the globe, putting the fate of their family in the hands of strangers. Across borders, behind bars and onto a smuggler’s boat – the family chased freedom. ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ tells Zainab’s story, and the story of many others who have trodden the same path.

Cast from the Storm

An award winning Australian documentary that tells a tender story of transformation, acceptance and belonging. Asfar, Maryam and Wiam face the usual challenges of navigating high school – with one difference. They were forced to leave their home countries and everything they knew behind. Now in Australia, they must start not only a new school, in a new country – but also a new life.

They join Treehouse Theatre, an after-school theatre group, which gives them the chance to share their extraordinary experiences.  A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.

Watch it for free

More documentaries.

Refugee Groups

Background Information on Different Refugee Groups


Hazaras by Julian Burnside


Who are the Rohingyas?

Rohingyas Crisis (European Commisison)

The Unwanted: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh (CNN)

In the News - Guardian News


General Information about Refugees

Other Background Information

Historical Data

Every registered refugee from 1960 to 2012 : Interactive Map

"UNHCR has been attempting to count the world's refugees since it was created. If you want to find out which years resulted in the worst displacement, which were the biggest countries of origin and which were the biggest countries of asylum, use the interactive map below. Click on a year or country to see the detail."


"Who among us has an ancestor who came from another country?

Did the ancestor leave his/her homeland in search of a more prosperous life, or because there was danger in the home country?

Does anyone have an ancestor who was a refugee?"

Refugees (Wikipedia page)

Historical Refugees (WWII): Voyage of the S.S. St Louis

The story: Wikipedia Story

Voyage of the Damned (Film Extract, 4:50)

Other Issues Surrounding the Debate 

Corrupt People Smugglers? - Radio National episode: Drowned Asylum Seekers were Duped into Voyage.

Leaders of Australia's Lebanese community say that the 39 asylum seekers who drowned this week off Indonesia were duped by people smugglers who sol them fake Syrian passports. 

Individuals' Stories

Interactive Refugee Stories 

Follow the journey of three different asylum seekers by placing yourself in their shoes, what woud you do?

The story of Balan, a Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seeker living in western Sydney.(10 mins)


SIVEX (Suspected Illegal Vehicle Entry) A compilation of material about the sinking of the boat later termed SIVEX. "On 19 October 2001, 353 people, mostly women and children, drowned on the high seas trying to reach Australia in a small, dilapidated, grossly overloaded fishing boat that would later come to be known as Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel (SIEV) X."

Religious Perspectives


An excellent resource that almost works through the Ethical Decision Making Steps. Follow the Sections to the right:

  • Read the 'Migrant and Refugee Kit 2017' from the above website. 

Social Justice Statement 2015-16

  • Pope Francis' response
  • Bishop Long's response 

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia

Non-Religious Authorities

International Humanitarian Organisations

Individuals' Contributions to the Debate

Julian Burnside - What sort of country are we? (2015)
Archive of articles; Latest article: 2017 UNHCR: "Australia must end harmful practice of offshore processing."

Thomas Keneally Lateline Interview New Bk on Lives of Asylum Seekers (open transcript; 15 mins)

Refugees in the Gospels

Mary and Joseph Flee Herod

A Muslim's view of Jesus the Refugee from Eureka Street

Jesus the Refugee

Jesus the Refugee A document prepared by an individual on Jesus as a refugee.

Read the Bible version here.

Other Religious Responses

More Islamic Relief Publications here.


How are Buddhist's responding to the refugee crisis?