EVENT: Refugee Alternatives Conference: Improving policy, practice and public support – RCOA & UNSW

Sydney, NSW, 22-24 February at UNSW This two day conference, in conjunction with UNSW, will bring together a broad range of expertise covering topics of displacement; protection; cooperation; wellbeing; resilience; education; advocacy; and unity. A broad range of topics from across the local, national and international space will bring extensive and complimentary expertise to the Conference discussions, … [Read More] EVENT: Refugee Alternatives Conference: Improving policy, practice and public support – RCOA & UNSW

Submission into the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes: The inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes – RCOA

Extract On 17 November 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Migration was asked to inquire into and report on migrant settlement outcomes. Submissions closed on 31 January 2017. The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) welcomed this inquiry as an opportunity for improving the experiences of refugees settling in Australia. For further information about this inquiry … [Read More] Submission into the Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes: The inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes – RCOA

Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services – Centre for Policy Development

As a nation built on immigration, humanitarian migrants (refugees and others in refugee-like situations) make up only a small proportion of the entrants who settle in Australia. Over time, however, these refugees have made an enormous contribution to the nation. Ensuring their successful integration has been vital to building a prosperous, welcoming and proudly multicultural … [Read More] Settling Better: Reforming refugee employment and settlement services – Centre for Policy Development

Docility and Desert: Government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate – Journal of Sociology

ABSTRACT In the years since 2001, Australian governments on both sides of politics have at times appealed to compassion to justify their asylum seeker policies. This article takes these discourses of compassion – contradictory and cynical as they sometimes seem – and subjects them to careful and systematic analysis. It seeks to identify the underlying … [Read More] Docility and Desert: Government discourses of compassion in Australia’s asylum seeker debate – Journal of Sociology

Going Up or Going Down? Occupational mobility of skilled migrants in Australia – Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources

ABSTRACT Skilled migration programs are now widespread among western settler societies, but little is known about the recent outcomes of skilled migrants. Using a feminist framework and qualitative interviews of 22 migrants, this article sheds light on the job-seeking experiences of professional skilled migrants in Australia, who are from non-English speaking backgrounds. The article reveals … [Read More] Going Up or Going Down? Occupational mobility of skilled migrants in Australia – Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources

Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

While the United States has long been a top destination for the world’s best and brightest, it has fallen short when it comes to fully tapping the skills and training of these newcomers. As a result, nearly 2 million immigrants with college degrees in the United States—one out of every four—are relegated to low-skilled jobs … [Read More] Untapped Talent: The costs of brain waste among highly skilled immigrants in the United States – MPI

NEW: Forced Migration Review: Resettlement

This issue of FMR looks at some of the modalities and challenges of resettlement in order to shed light on debates such as how – and how well – resettlement is managed, whether it is a good use of the funds and energy it uses, and whether it is a good solution for refugees. It … [Read More] NEW: Forced Migration Review: Resettlement

Leading Economists Agree: Closing borders is not the answer to inequality – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Ashwini Deshpande, Professor, Department of Economics,, University of Delhi … the experience of the past three decades of globalisation has produced massive dissatisfaction: so much that naïve, misplaced and often frightening measures are seen as genuine solutions by large parts of the electorate in the richest nations of the world. Rising inequality, … [Read More] Leading Economists Agree: Closing borders is not the answer to inequality – The Conversation

EVENT: 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference: Facing Challenges – FASSTT

Sydney, Australia, 29-31 March 2017 The Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference is dedicated to exploring the most innovative and successful ways to support refugees as they recover from trauma and resettle. Join senior non-for-profit leaders, international experts, health professionals, educators, community workers, volunteers and refugee community members for three days of inspiration and knowledge sharing. Through … [Read More] EVENT: 1st Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference: Facing Challenges – FASSTT

A Comparison of Coalition and Labor Government Asylum Policies in Australia since 2001 – Parliamentary Library

Author: Janet Phillips, Social Policy Section EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Both Coalition and Labor governments have adopted and maintained a variety of border protection and anti- people smuggling measures in response to several waves of asylum seekers arriving unauthorised in Australian waters by boat since 2001. Both major parties are in general agreement on many of the key … [Read More] A Comparison of Coalition and Labor Government Asylum Policies in Australia since 2001 – Parliamentary Library

Trump Era Casts New Shadow Over Refugees – Chatham House

Extract from an artilce by Jeff Crisp The international community’s response to the global refugee crisis was already inadequate. President Trump is now putting even the small steps achieved so far in doubt. In the short time since his inauguration, President Donald Trump has suspended the entire US refugee resettlement programme and barred the admission … [Read More] Trump Era Casts New Shadow Over Refugees – Chatham House

Event: Affective Shifts: Inside and Outside Nation and Body – The Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW (Australia) & RCOA

Sydney, 21 February 2017 The Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW (Australia) will be hosting the Academic Symposium,  “Affective Shifts: Inside and Outside Nation and Body”  on 21 February 2017. It is developed in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia as a lead up to the Refugee Alternatives Conference, (http://www.refugeealternatives.org.au/event-info/unsw-academic-forum) This Academic Symposium is an attempt to rethink how … [Read More] Event: Affective Shifts: Inside and Outside Nation and Body – The Forced Migration Research Network, UNSW (Australia) & RCOA

EVENT: Film: Chasing Asylum – Free screening

Melbourne, Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 at 2.30pm From Academy Award winner Eva Ormer, Chasing Asylum gives us documentary insight into the lived experience of asylum seekers in offshore detention. This film does more than invite us to imagine the lives of others. It shows the stark realities of life in offshore detention. Some of you will have seen … [Read More] EVENT: Film: Chasing Asylum – Free screening

Improving Access to and Engagement with Mental Health Services among Young People from Refugee Backgrounds: Service user and provider perspectives – International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

ABSTRACT Limited research has been conducted worldwide on the experiences that children and young people from refugee backgrounds have with mental health services, despite evidence that they have significant vulnerability to the development of mental health problems and to suicidal behaviour and that those with mental ill-health typically underutilise services. The authors were particularly interested … [Read More] Improving Access to and Engagement with Mental Health Services among Young People from Refugee Backgrounds: Service user and provider perspectives – International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

Cultural Safety and Belonging for Refugee Background Women Attending Group Pregnancy Care: An Australian qualitative study – Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

ABSTRACT Background: Refugee women experience higher incidence of childbirth complications and poor pregnancy outcomes. Resettled refugee women often face multiple barriers accessing pregnancy care and navigating health systems in high income countries. Methods: A community-based model of group pregnancy care for Karen women from Burma was co-designed by health services in consultation with Karen families in Melbourne, … [Read More] Cultural Safety and Belonging for Refugee Background Women Attending Group Pregnancy Care: An Australian qualitative study – Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care

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