Illawarra refugees and migrants gain freedom with driver's licence program

Marlene Even
Updated August 11 2023 - 12:17pm, first published August 10 2023 - 4:30pm
Mahnaz Darabi, can now get behind the wheel after obtaining her licence through a refugee driver's licence program. In the background her husband Esmaeil Taslimi, also part of the program, holds their 18-month-old daughter Regina Taslimi. Picture by Anna Warr
Mahnaz Darabi, can now get behind the wheel after obtaining her licence through a refugee driver's licence program. In the background her husband Esmaeil Taslimi, also part of the program, holds their 18-month-old daughter Regina Taslimi. Picture by Anna Warr

For many young people getting a driver's licence is simply a rite of passage but for refugees their 'P plates' are the keys to their freedom.

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Marlene Even

Marlene Even

Journalist

Journalist at the Illawarra Mercury. Previously a radio and podcast host at 2SER Radio.

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