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Introducing Temporary: A podcast about refugees stuck in limbo

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Every human being on the Earth deserves to have a proper life, or a permanent life. For me, it’s like, if I have tomorrow, I’ll be happy.


Australia’s 21st century refugee policies notoriously left thousands of people seeking asylum languishing offshore – but thousands more are stuck in the shadows of communities across the country. They tell their stories in Temporary, a new narrative podcast from UNSW Sydney, in partnership with Guardian Australia.


The voices in Temporary come alive in longform journalism – vividly illustrated by photographers and artists who themselves are refugees and people seeking asylum – on a series hub produced by UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Temporary is hosted by Sisonke Msimang, and produced by Kara Jensen-Mackinnon and Miles Herbert, with editorial support from Lauren Martin and Miles Martignoni. Original music composed by Lama Zakharia, mixed and mastered by Ryan Pemberton, with series artwork by Matt Huynh. Temporary is a project from the UNSW Centre for Ideas and Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law co-produced with Guardian Australia, inspired by the book Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongs by Jane McAdam and Fiona Chong.

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