The stories of refugees have a common trait: sorrow
Every year thousands of people around the world migrate to other countries searching for a better future. Some of them have gone through unthinkable atrocities and being at home is not an option anymore. Their stories have a common trait: sorrow.
Migration Officer and Acting President for the Association of Fee Free Migration Agents Sydney (AFFMA) Joël Gédéon finds it hard to avoid getting emotional when talking about the many cases that regularly come to his desk.
A former teacher, Gédéon, originally from Paris, started his journey 11 years ago when he came to Australia for a holiday. Influenced by his partner, Gédéon applied for permanent residency that was granted three weeks later due to the shortage of teachers in Australia at the time.
But this traveller was not prepared to settle in Australia yet. For a couple of years, he lived in Thailand and Malaysia where he had the chance to get involved, and work with, refugee charity organisations.
In 2009, Gédéon returned to Australia where he became a migration agent. He never imagined what destiny held for him and the impact he would have on other people’s lives.
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