It is increasingly recognised that the options for effective protection of refugees have not kept pace with the number of people who need protection. Traditional approaches to refugee protection have centered on one of three 'durable solutions' supported by the UNHCR. Increasingly, however, people are discussing alternative pathways for refugees to access safety and security, as well as expanding existing channels such as resettlement programs.
How is the process of 'fast tracking' refugee claims going? How many applications are lodged, what are the outcomes, and where do they live?
Many people from refugee backgrounds are facing significant delays in their application for Australian citizenship. We explain our work on this issue and what people can do.
Since 8 December, the Department of Immigration has been sending out letters to asylum seekers considered ‘not to have engaged’ during the fast-track process. Here are some quick facts about the process, and what people can do to help.
On 23 July 2016, a peaceful protest by Hazaras in Afghanistan ended in tragedy. At least 80 people died, and more than 230 were injured, in a bomb blast. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. In the opinion of a leading expert on Afghanistan, Professor William Maley of the Australian National University, this attack has profound implications.
On 9 February 2017, the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee began an inquiry into the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Omnibus Savings and Child Care Reform) Bill 2017. This Bill includes measures previously introduced in other Bills, including the Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures Bill 2015, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Measures) Bill 2015.
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 we have heard from refugees and people seeking asylum, and the people supporting them
The UN Speciall Rapporteur on Torture has published a damning report on his visit to Sri Lanka in 2016. The report urges States not to return people to persecution to Sri Lanka, particularly Tamils.
In a significant turn of events, the Australian government announced this week that it will ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading…
The Commonwealth Ombudsman has published a report investigating the administration of the process of visa cancellations as a result of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act passed in 2014. The change in the law required the Minister to cancel visas automatically in certain circumstances.