Vulnerability Screening Tool: Identifying and addressing vulnerability – UNHCR & International Detention Coalition

Identifying and addressing vulnerability: A tool for asylum and migration systems – Jointly developed by UNHCR and the IDC, with the support of the Oak Foundation.  Introduction – Extract This screening tool on identifying and addressing situations of vulnerability is a UNHCR and IDC collaboration intended to help guide and inform frontline workers and decision-makers on … [Read More] Vulnerability Screening Tool: Identifying and addressing vulnerability – UNHCR & International Detention Coalition

Young Refugees Urge Ministers Not to End Unaccompanied Minors Scheme – The Guardian (UK)

Extract Seventeen refugees who made it to UK write letter calling for ‘safe, legal routes for young people to find protection’ A group of young asylum seekers and refugees who arrived in Britain as children have urged the government not to close the Dubs scheme to help unaccompanied minors fleeing persecution. In an open letter … [Read More] Young Refugees Urge Ministers Not to End Unaccompanied Minors Scheme – The Guardian (UK)

Community Speakers Program – Asylum Seeker Centre

Asylum Seeker Centre, Sydney, NSW The Community Speakers Program is one way in which we hope to inspire and inform the wider community about people seeking asylum. It has been developed in response to ongoing community organisation, school and group requests to learn more about how they can become involved and provide support.  It is … [Read More] Community Speakers Program – Asylum Seeker Centre

Are Refugees Good for the Economy? – Global Citizen

Extract Oxford professor Alexander Betts presents a radical idea wherein he shows how refugees can result in an economic boon for host countries. In 2015, when Angela Merkel triumphantly declared “Wir schaffen dass” or “We will manage”, it was intended to be a war cry to unite her fellow countrymen to accept her proposal to … [Read More] Are Refugees Good for the Economy? – Global Citizen

State of the Nation 2017: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia – RCOA

INTRODUCTION – Extract The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful integration of refugee communities. This report reflects what … [Read More] State of the Nation 2017: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia – RCOA

Anti-Muslim Groups have Tripled: But this isn’t just a US problem – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Mary O’Hara Crimes perpetrated on the basis of hate are nothing new. They are always with us. The levels, and the groups targeted, tend to ebb and flow with the political tides. However, the recent waves of rightwing populism in the UK and elsewhere have unleashed a hail of such … [Read More] Anti-Muslim Groups have Tripled: But this isn’t just a US problem – The Guardian

Is ‘Voluntary’ Return the New Way Forward for Managing Irregular Migration? – COMPAS Blog

Extract Recent headlines suggest ‘voluntary’ return as an approach to the management of irregular migration is making something of a comeback. Newspaper articles entitled Germany offers asylum seekers up to €1,200 each to voluntarily return to their home countries and ‘Bribed’ to go home: illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave … [Read More] Is ‘Voluntary’ Return the New Way Forward for Managing Irregular Migration? – COMPAS Blog

Middle Eastern Migrants aren’t ‘Piling on to the Dole Queue’ – The Conversation

Extract from an article by John van Kooy, Research Fellow, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Researcher, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne Claims that Middle Eastern migrants are “piling on to the dole queue” are misleading. The data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, labour force … [Read More] Middle Eastern Migrants aren’t ‘Piling on to the Dole Queue’ – The Conversation

NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

Brotherhood Update February 2017 Welcome to the first Brotherhood Update for 2017, which features items on refugee jobseekers, aged care, young people’s education and training, energy hardship and more. RESEARCH FORUM What would enable refugees to thrive in the labour market? The experiences of humanitarian migrants seeking meaningful work in Australia were highlighted at a … [Read More] NEW: Brotherhood Update: Research & policy from the Brotherhood of St Laurence

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

Sydney, 22-24 February 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, notably and … [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

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