Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Glenda Ballantyne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Swinburne University of Technology. Western liberal democracies are again embroiled in debates about the value of multicultural policies. In Australia, the federal government has just released its own statement on multiculturalism. The current debates are unfolding in the context of the election of Donald Trump, … [Read More] Interculturalism: How diverse societies can do better than passive tolerance – The Conversation

Proposed Changes May Confuse Rather than Clarify the Meaning of Section 18C G – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Murray Wesson, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Western Australia. The Turnbull government has announced proposed changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act: the law that makes it unlawful to engage in acts that are reasonably likely to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” someone because of their race or … [Read More] Proposed Changes May Confuse Rather than Clarify the Meaning of Section 18C G – The Conversation

Resourcing Critical to the Successful Management of Native Title Agreements – Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA)

MEDIA RELEASE – Extract A report released today by Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA) highlights the challenges faced by Native Title holders in managing related agreements, including the perception that claimants are primarily motivated by financial compensation. Aboriginal Assets? The impact of major agreements associated with … [Read More] Resourcing Critical to the Successful Management of Native Title Agreements – Curtin University and the Centre for Regional Development at The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Immigration Detention in Australia: A quick guide to the statistics – Parlinfo

Extract from an article by Janet Phillips,  Social Policy This guide provides current statistics on immigration detainees in Australia (onshore) since 1989-90. It updates the appendices of a more detailed Parliamentary Library research paper, Immigration detention in Australia (2013). The research paper includes an overview of the historical and political context surrounding mandatory immigration detention … [Read More] Immigration Detention in Australia: A quick guide to the statistics – Parlinfo

Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

ABSTRACT This report examines trends in participation in vocational education and training, and attainment of vocational qualifications, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people during 2002–15. The report also investigates whether Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a higher-level vocational qualification are more likely to subsequently gain employment than those with a lower-level vocational … [Read More] Vocational Education Participation and Attainment Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians: Trends 2002-2015 and Employment Outcomes – Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research

The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

ABSTRACT In this study we investigate the relationship between different definitions of national citizenship, sympathy for welfare recipients, and how this relation is mediated by attitudes towards immigrants. We make use of the 2008 wave of the Belgian Political Panel Survey 2006–11, in which over 4,800 18-year-old adolescents were questioned. The results demonstrate that an … [Read More] The Relation between Ethnic and Civic Views on Citizenship, Attitudes towards Immigrants and Sympathy for Welfare Recipients – Social Policy & Administration

Multicultural Australia: United, strong, successful – Department of Social Services

Extract Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world, uniting a multitude of cultures, experiences, beliefs, and traditions. We owe our accomplishments as a nation to the contributions of more than 300 different ancestries—from the First Australians to the newest arrivals. We have flourished in part thanks to our cultural diversity that is … [Read More] Multicultural Australia: United, strong, successful – Department of Social Services

EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

NEW ISSUE: Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ)

Theme: ‘Undesirable and Unreturnable’ Aliens in Asylum and Immigration Law.”  Vol. 36, no. 1, March 2017 Contents: The Emperor’s New Clothing: National Responses to “Undesirable and Unreturnable” Aliens under Asylum and Immigration Law [full access @ 21 March 2017] “Undesirable and Unreturnable” in the United Kingdom Undesirable and Unreturnable Migrants under French Law: Between Legal Uncertainty … [Read More] NEW ISSUE: Refugee Survey Quarterly (RSQ)

Transforming Lives and Institutions: The Structural Inclusion and Institutional Engagement of Refugee Migrants in Australia – SSRN

ABSTRACT Successful resettlement of refugees depends both on individual resources and strategies of refugees and on the foundational principle to have the same rights as host communities. Stating the equality of rights is fundamental for the normative framework that determines refugee resettlement policy, and the state has an important responsibility in the clear articulation of … [Read More] Transforming Lives and Institutions: The Structural Inclusion and Institutional Engagement of Refugee Migrants in Australia – SSRN

The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

Extract from an article by Klaus Desmet, Altshuler Professor of Cities, Regions and Globalisation, Southern Methodist University, CEPR Research Fellow; Joseph Flavian Gomes, Assistant Professor, Navarra Center for International Development, University of Navarra and  Ignacio Ortuño-Ortin, Professor of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Diverse countries tend to have more conflict, lower development, and worse public … [Read More] The More We Mix, the Better – VoxEU.org

The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

Latest report, The Way Ahead, lays out how to build an asylum process which does not rely on detention. It explores the views and experiences of women refugees to show the harms of routine detention and the need to build a fairer and more humane asylum system, based on engagement rather than enforcement. The Way … [Read More] The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

In Getting Refugee Integration Right, Policymakers Must Take Care to Ensure Integrity of Asylum & Migration Systems, New MPI Report Explains – Migration Policy Institute

As the immediate pressures of the migration and refugee crisis have begun to abate in Europe, policymakers have refocused on two goals: anticipating and preventing the next crisis and ensuring that newcomers—and the communities in which they settle—have the tools to succeed. These two objectives are deeply interdependent, as a new report from the Migration … [Read More] In Getting Refugee Integration Right, Policymakers Must Take Care to Ensure Integrity of Asylum & Migration Systems, New MPI Report Explains – Migration Policy Institute

Central African Refugee Women Resettled in Australia: Colonial legacies and the civilising process – Journal of Intercultural Studies

ABSTRACT This article explores how experiences of racialisation toward women who are resettled in Australia from Central African countries of Burundi, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo reflect a colonial imaginary and a legacy of postcolonising dominance in Australia. Drawing on 18-months of ethnographic research, I describe how assumptions of difference, dirtiness, and savagery … [Read More] Central African Refugee Women Resettled in Australia: Colonial legacies and the civilising process – Journal of Intercultural Studies

Indigenous Conference Services: Calling for papers 2017/2018 events – Paramatta Koori Interagency (PKI)

Australia 2017-2018 ICS launches its 2017 – 2018 Conference Programs: Calling for papers Indigenous Conference Services (ICS) welcomes everyone to our first newsletter for 2017. It is an exciting new era for Indigenous conferences and 2017/2018 is a busy year for us with a host of new events and the revitalisation of some of our well … [Read More] Indigenous Conference Services: Calling for papers 2017/2018 events – Paramatta Koori Interagency (PKI)

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