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)

Journal of Refugee Studies: Refugee Migration and Local Demarcations – JRS

A special issue of the Journal of Refugee Studies (JRS) has been published. The theme is “Refugee Migration and Local Demarcations: New Insight into European Localities.” Contents of Volume 29, no. 4, December 2016 include: Refugee Migration and Local Demarcations: New Insight into European Localities [extract] The Local Production of Asylum [abstract] Deciding Refugee Settlement … [Read More] Journal of Refugee Studies: Refugee Migration and Local Demarcations – JRS

Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

 ABSTRACT Recent law changes in New Zealand allowing for the detention of a “mass arrival” of asylum seekers reflect a concerning international rhetoric and associated policy trend in Australia and the United Kingdom towards those seeking asylum. This paper argues that, although the New Zealand public has not (yet) reached a “moral panic” that is … [Read More] Asylum Discourse in New Zealand: Moral Panic and a Culture of Indifference – Australian Social Work

Australia’s Humanitarian Program: a quick guide to the statistics since 1947: 2016-17 Parliamentary Library (Australia)

Author: Janet Phillips, Social Policy Section  Extract Australia has a long history of accepting refugees and other humanitarian entrants from all parts of the globe, including those in need of assistance during and immediately after World War II. Since 1945, when the first federal immigration portfolio was established to administer Australia’s post-war migration program, over … [Read More] Australia’s Humanitarian Program: a quick guide to the statistics since 1947: 2016-17 Parliamentary Library (Australia)

Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

As global forced migration continues to grow, research into the recruitment barriers, support needs, and long-term economic contributions of humanitarian migrants has revealed insights that can inform policy and programs. Decent, secure and satisfying work is vital for achieving positive settlement outcomes for refugees and people seeking asylum. However, there is a gap in Australia … [Read More] Brotherhood Research Forum: From Surviving to Thriving: Inclusive work and economic security for refugees and people seeking asylum – Brotherhood of St Laurence, TASA & MSEI

Complexity Reduction and Policy Consensus: Asylum seekers, the right to work, and the ‘pull factor’ thesis in the UK context – The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

ABSTRACT Since the early 2000s, asylum policy in Western states has become increasingly dominated by the concept of the ‘pull factor’—the idea that the economic rights afforded to asylum seekers can act as a migratory pull, and will have a bearing on the numbers of asylum applications received. The pull factor thesis has been widely … [Read More] Complexity Reduction and Policy Consensus: Asylum seekers, the right to work, and the ‘pull factor’ thesis in the UK context – The British Journal of Politics and International Relations

Settling Refugees in Australia: Achievements and challenges – International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

ABSTRACT This article examines the extent to which Australia fulfils its legal obligations for resettled refugees. This necessitates noting both the international frameworks that inform the rights accorded to refugees as well as applicable Australian law and policies. But while laws provide us with a point of departure, a thorough analysis of how these laws … [Read More] Settling Refugees in Australia: Achievements and challenges – International Journal of Migration and Border Studies

Event: Chasing Asylum: Free Screening February 2017 – St Vincent’s Hospital

Melbourne Wednesday 22 February, 2017 Michael Chamberlain Theatre, Aitkenhead Wing, Building E, St Vincent’s Hospital 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 … [Read More] Event: Chasing Asylum: Free Screening February 2017 – St Vincent’s Hospital

Human Lives, Human Rights – UNHCR

2016 marks the 40th anniversary of the first major group of refugee arrivals seeking asylum and protection directly from Australia. On 26 April 1976, five young men fleeing Vietnam sailed into Darwin Harbour. The Human Lives Human Rights campaign, released by the Regional Representation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra today, … [Read More] Human Lives, Human Rights – UNHCR

Forced Migration Current Awareness: Regional Focus: Australia – Forced Migration

A service highlighting web research and information relating to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and other forced migrants; provided by Elisa Mason News: “Refugees on Nauru and Manus Island to be Resettled in US – as It Happened,” The Guardian, 13 Nov. 2016 UNHCR to Endorse Australia-United States Relocations as “Offshore Processing” Arrangements Fail Refugees … [Read More] Forced Migration Current Awareness: Regional Focus: Australia – Forced Migration

Refugees & Ayslum Seekers – A selection of articles

A selection of articles published 9-14 November  2016 Amnesty International Australia is heading in the wrong direction with refugee ban / Anna Neistat Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ASRC Fact Sheet: Information for people affected by offshore resettlement deal with US / Campaigns Team The Conversation Australia shores up defences against asylum seekers as US deal provides escape for refugees / Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, … [Read More] Refugees & Ayslum Seekers – A selection of articles

‘We Beg You, Let Them Stay!’: Right claims of asylum-seeking children as a socio-political practice – Childhood

ABSTRACT Children’s rights to asylum have emerged as an urgent political challenge. This article uses a number of cases discussed in Sweden’s largest morning paper to analyse claims of asylum-seeking children and how these claims challenge the normative limits of contemporary asylum, concerning what and who ought to be recognized by law. Even though the … [Read More] ‘We Beg You, Let Them Stay!’: Right claims of asylum-seeking children as a socio-political practice – Childhood

‘I Feel Like a Beggar’: Asylum Seekers Living in the Australian Community Without the Right to Work – Journal of International Migration and Integration

ABSTRACT While numbers of asylum seekers received by Australia are small compared to global figures, a range of deterrence measures have been implemented in response to increasing numbers arriving by boat in recent years. One of the more recent measures was denying asylum seekers who arrived by boat after 13 August 2012 the right to … [Read More] ‘I Feel Like a Beggar’: Asylum Seekers Living in the Australian Community Without the Right to Work – Journal of International Migration and Integration

Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers in Small Local Communities – International Migration

ABSTRACT The admission and geographic distribution of asylum seekers has a central place in public discourse in Western countries, amid mounting asylum applications and dire humanitarian crises. Receiving countries usually distribute the newly arriving asylum seekers across the entire country, in particular for small remote communities. Incidental opposition actions by local residents against the siting … [Read More] Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers in Small Local Communities – International Migration

How We Came to be so Cruel to Asylum Seekers – The Conversation

Extract from an edited talk delivered to the Integrity 20 Conference at Griffith University on October 25, 2016  by Robert Manne, Personal Chair in Politics, La Trobe University If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. In … [Read More] How We Came to be so Cruel to Asylum Seekers – The Conversation

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