Back to top

Refugee service rights wrongs

Barkhado arrived in Australia as a refugee after fleeing Somalia. Because she couldn’t speak English, she was unaware that her date of birth had been incorrectly recorded on her immigration documents, recording her to be 17 years younger than she really was.

Having this error on an official government document made it even harder for Barkhado each time she dealt with the government, and caused her a lot of stress.

The volunteer lawyers of LawRight's Refugee Civil Law Clinic applied to the Department of Immigration to have Barkhado’s details corrected. This was a big relief and allowed Barkhado to focus on settling into her new life in Australia.

Legal centre: