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Episode 8: Left behind in a global pandemic

Sisonke Msimang

The pandemic put us all in limbo. For the first time, many Australians understood what it means to be stranded, unable to cross borders, separated from the people you love. When our government said we were ‘all in this together’ – what happened to the refugees in Temporary?  And what’s ahead for them? Sisonke Msimang interviews Sarah Dale, Director of RACS (Refugee Advice & Casework Centre) to find out, in our final episode.


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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