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Reza, 36, fled Iran in 2013 travelling through Malaysia and Indonesia. He spent two months in detention centres before arriving in Australia as an asylum seeker.
‘No one wants to leave family, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. You don’t know what’s in front of you in your life. What you have to face in the future. That is part of my life.’ Says Reza.
Like many asylum seekers Reza found life in a new country and culture hugely challenging, particularly with no family or networks for support. Thanks to the Brotherhood’s Given the Chance program Reza now looks forward to a more positive future.
‘Given the Chance was very quick to find me the job’, says Reza.
Within two months of joining Given the Chance, Reza secured a role at Perfection Fresh, a produce business that services many supermarket chains across Australia.
Now, the uncertainty and stress of Reza’s life as an asylum seeker has been replaced with new connections, plans for the future and hope for a better life.
*Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre
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