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Pathways to Refugee Wellbeing, Research on Asylum Seeker and Refugee in Indonesia

Who is conducting this study?

  • The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, is working with HOST International, SUAKA and Universitas Gadjah Mada to conduct this study.

Why is the study important?

  • We want to learn about the experiences of refugees, and what kinds of things affect their wellbeing.
  • This will help us understand how refugees cope in their everyday life.
  • This knowledge will help to provide better support for refugees in a similar situation around the world.

Who can take part in this study?

  • Refugee and asylum-seeker adults (18 years +), who are eligible to participate.
  • As the surveys are on-line, you can take part in this study no matter where you live, as long as you have access to the internet. The surveys are in English, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Somali.
  • To take part in this study, you will need an email address. If you do not have an email address, you can get one here: (Gmail registration) One person can only use one email address.

What does the study involve?

  • First, we will ask you to register your interest in participating in this study, on our website.
  • Second, we will check if you are eligible to participate.
  • If you are eligible, and you agree to participate in the study, we will invite you to complete an online survey 4 times over 18 months.
  • The questions are about yourself, your experiences, your thoughts and feelings, and about the relationships you have with other people.
  • Each survey takes about one hour to complete.
  • To thank you for sharing your experiences, we will reimburse eligible participants for your time with an Indomaret voucher worth IDR 100,000 after you complete each survey.

What will happen to the information you collect from me?

  • All information provided by participants is highly confidential and is only accessed by the
    research team.
  • Only the UNSW research team and the HOST International Research Coordinator will have access to your personal information (e.g. contact details), so we can contact you for future time points.
  • Your information will not be shared with any service providers, UNHCR, or any
  • These details will be stored separately from your survey responses.
  • Participating in this study will not affect the UNHCR process and the resettlement process.
  • You can choose to receive regular updates about the study in your own language.

Follow this link to register:


Recruitment for Volunteer Position: Media Researcher

Suaka is a voluntary civil society network of organizational and individual members working for refugee rights protection in Indonesia. Suaka seeks a committed volunteer Media Researcher to work independently (approx 3-5 hours per week) to collect and collate relevant news coverage information on asylum seeker and refugee issues, presented in a weekly summary to the SUAKA secretariat. The Media Researcher will report to the SUAKA Chairperson for an 8-month position commencing April 2014. Qualifications:

  1. A strong interest in the humanitarian and human rights protection of asylum seekers and refugees
  2. Fluent in both English and Indonesian written languages
  3. Experience in developing research strategies and the use of a database (training on SUAKA database will be provided)
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills
  5. Experience in administration work and team work; good skills in public relations and having a wide network with media/journalists would be an advantage although not important, as long as they have a passion for human rights issues, community development and community service


  1. Monitor reports on asylum seeker or refugee issues in Indonesia (print and online; TV/radio would be useful) in national and international media and summarize developments and incidents in a short (1 page) weekly report submitted on a Friday to the Suaka Secretariat
  2. Develop and update a media database highlighting: a. incidents of human rights violation, interception, arrest, detention, boat sinking, “turn back” of boats to Indonesia, smuggling etc; noting the number of people affected and nationality b. statements by government officials, use of language by journalists (illegal migrants, refugees, asylum seekers etc.); and c. references to legal obligations or regulations
  3. Compile URL links of articles or releases into the database
  4. Be available for incidental clarification questions via email or phone (time to be agreed)
  5. If interested and time permits, participate in the SUAKA Public Awareness Working Group

Expressions of Interest for this volunteer position can be sent by email by Monday 7 March 2014 to suaka.secretariat[at] with your CV and an outline of your availability over April – December 2014. Thank you for your support to make refugee rights a reality in Indonesia. Suaka Secretariat