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

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

Controlling Irregular Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Is Australia acting against its own interests? – Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

ABSTRACT Australia invests heavily throughout the Asia-Pacific region in mechanisms to control irregular people movements. Information has been leaked about conditions in the notorious detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and aspects of the Bali Process are well known and publicised, but the nature and extent of much of Australia’s investment have not been … [Read More] Controlling Irregular Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Is Australia acting against its own interests? – Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

Righting the Wrongs of the Refugee System – Centre for Public Impact (UK)

Extract from an article by Matthew Mercer, Senior Editor You could say that Alexander Betts leads two parallel lives. Although he lives and works among the gleaming spires, cobbled lanes and tranquil quadrangles of Oxford University, his heart is with the tens of millions of refugees, forced from their homes and now desperate for any safe haven … [Read More] Righting the Wrongs of the Refugee System – Centre for Public Impact (UK)

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

ASRC Submission on Lifetime Refugee Visa Ban – ASRC

Extract The ASRC has made a submission to the Senate committee inquiring into the Government’s proposed lifetime ban on refugees who sought asylum by sea from ever setting foot in Australia. The ASRC is opposed to the proposed law. The proposed lifetime ban on returning to Australia will tear families apart and result in indefinite … [Read More] ASRC Submission on Lifetime Refugee Visa Ban – ASRC

Cost of Cruel Deterrent Refugee Policies – Refugee Action Committee – Refugee Action Committee

Extract from an article by Daniel Cotton Australia’s internationally condemned cruel deterrent refugee policies have cost an annual average of $3.2 billion of taxpayer funds every year since 2013. This is just under half the UNHCR 2016 budget of $6.55 million to care for the 16.3 million refugees under its mandate across the world. It … [Read More] Cost of Cruel Deterrent Refugee Policies – Refugee Action Committee – Refugee Action Committee

On the Economics and Politics of Refugee Migration – VOX CEPR

Extract The current refugee crisis poses an enormous challenge not only to European countries, but to the fundaments and achievements of the EU as a whole. This column discusses how this latest crisis differs from the crisis in the early 1990s, and argues there is a drastic need for a new regulatory framework to replace dated coordination attempts. The framework … [Read More] On the Economics and Politics of Refugee Migration – VOX CEPR

Refugee Resettlement to Australia: What are the facts? – Parliamentary Library

Extract form an article by Elibritt Karlsen, Law and Bills Digest Section Contents What is a refugee What is resettlement? How does the UN refugee agency decide who should be resettled? Does Australia accept all refugees referred to it by the UN refugee agency? Is there a queue? Does Australia only take people from refugee camps? … [Read More] Refugee Resettlement to Australia: What are the facts? – Parliamentary Library

Academics Call for Better Refugee Policy – RCOA

Is it possible for Australia to adopt a just and humane approach for refugees? A group of Australian academics think so, and have published a policy paper with some suggestions for how we get there. Where are now and how do we get out of this? The policy paper draws attention to harmful effects of … [Read More] Academics Call for Better Refugee Policy – RCOA

A Just and Humane Approach for Refugees – Academics for Refugees

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Australia must end its harmful policies of offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of people seeking asylum. These policies have failed and cannot be maintained. A framework of deterrence has not and does not ‘save lives’. It has not addressed the underlying reasons why people embark on dangerous journeys in search … [Read More] A Just and Humane Approach for Refugees – Academics for Refugees

Cast adrift: Australia risks its international standing over asylum-seeker policies – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Leanne Smith, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University The “Nauru files”, which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers before … [Read More] Cast adrift: Australia risks its international standing over asylum-seeker policies – The Conversation

People Seeking Asylum in Australia and their Access to Employment: Just What Do We Know? – Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

ABSTRACT Public and political claims about the employment of people from a refugee background in Australia do not always reflect the research findings in this area. For example, recent claims by a senior Coalition Government Minister about people seeking asylum who arrived to Australia by boat during the previous Labor Government’s terms in office (2007-13) … [Read More] People Seeking Asylum in Australia and their Access to Employment: Just What Do We Know? – Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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