Building a New Life in Australia – A longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants – Australian Institute of Family Studies

Building a New Life in Australia is an important new project about how humanitarian migrants settle into life in Australia. We want to find out: What life is like for humanitarian migrants as they settle into communities all around Australia? Are humanitarian migrants healthy and happy? What difficulties are humanitarian migrants facing, and how are … [Read More] Building a New Life in Australia – A longitudinal study of humanitarian migrants – Australian Institute of Family Studies

Humanitarian Arrivals in Melbourne: A spatial analysis of population distribution and health service needs – University of Melbourne

This project was conducted by a research team at the McCaughey VicHealth Community Wellbeing Unit, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. The Humanitarian Arrivals and Health Services research project was originally developed in 2014 as a small scoping study to identify the location of humanitarian arrivals across Melbourne and the availability of … [Read More] Humanitarian Arrivals in Melbourne: A spatial analysis of population distribution and health service needs – University of Melbourne

Migration Policy: All about numbers – The Australian Population Research Institute

Extract from an article by Bob Birrell and Bob Kinnaird [This post was first published in the March 2017 newsletter of Sustainable Population Australia. It has been republished on John Menadue’s blog – Pearls and Irritations] The permanent skilled migration program should be cut by nearly half, from 128,000 (primary and secondary applicants) to around 70,000. … [Read More] Migration Policy: All about numbers – The Australian Population Research Institute

Language Roulette: The effect of random placement on refugees’ labour market integration – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ABSTRACT Placement of refugees and subsequent labour market integration within a host country represents a key challenge for policymakers and has emerged as one of the most divisive topics in the public debate. Immigration policy in Switzerland adopts random placement of asylum seekers across its different language regions. Hence, this policy allows to estimate the … [Read More] Language Roulette: The effect of random placement on refugees’ labour market integration – Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Young Service Users from Refugee Backgrounds: Their perspectives on barriers to accessing Australian mental health services – International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

ABSTRACT Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine barriers to accessing mental health services, from the perspective of young people of refugee background who have been service users, and to suggest strategies to improve access to mental health services. Design/methodology/approach: A qualitative study was conducted with 16 young people (aged 18-25), who had been refugees … [Read More] Young Service Users from Refugee Backgrounds: Their perspectives on barriers to accessing Australian mental health services – International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare

Why Denying Refugees the Right to Work is a Catastrophic Error – The Guardian (UK)

It’s not just fleeing conflict that makes victims out of refugees – it’s also denying them the means to become autonomous and productive Edited extract from Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System* by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts From the 1980s on, a dominant international approach has been taken towards the majority of the world’s refugees. … [Read More] Why Denying Refugees the Right to Work is a Catastrophic Error – The Guardian (UK)

Refugee Welcome Zones: Membership, Engagement and Growth – RCOA

Extract In 2016, The Refugee Council of Australia conducted a national consultation with all Refugee Welcome Zones in Australia. In this report, we bring you the results and recommendations, and a glimpse into how we will be implementing your feedback this coming year. The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national peak body for … [Read More] Refugee Welcome Zones: Membership, Engagement and Growth – RCOA

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

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

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

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 – Parliament of Australia

Extract from an article by Elibritt Karlsen, Law and Bills Digest Section Purpose of the Bill The purpose of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 (the Bill) is to amend the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) and the Migration Regulations 1994 (the Migration Regulations) to: indefinitely preclude ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals’ (UMAs) including ‘transitory … [Read More] Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 – Parliament of Australia

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

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

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