We loved our catch up with Simon Shahin and his journey to Australia as a refugee!
Simon Shahin is a former refugee from Syria. Daily casualties stopped him from going to university, and by 2013, staying on was no longer an option. Simon’s aunt had been living in Australia for more than 20 years and with her as a sponsor, his family set about trying to get a humanitarian visa. It was a long wait. Over the next 24 months or so, the family moved back and forth between Lebanon and Syria, depending on how bad the violence was and trying to make their savings last. Eventually, the visa came through and in August 2015, the family made their way to Australia - the first time Simon had even been on a plane! Almost 4 years on and 26-year-old Simon is studying engineering at UTS, with a focus on renewable energy. He is also a speaker on the Refugee Council of Australia’s Face to Face education program, which aims to build social cohesion, address negative perceptions, and raise public awareness about refugees and their journeys and contributions to Australia.