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What are the issues that people from a refugee background, or seeking protection, face when they live in Australia? Settling into a foreign country has its challenges, some of which are particularly difficult for people in these circumstances. Yet many people learn to adapt and even flourish.

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Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs)

What is a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV)? A Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) is one of two types of temporary protection visas available to those claiming asylum who come…

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Pricing Refugees? The Productivity Commission On Australia’s Migration Intake

Pricing refugees? The Productivity Commission on Australia’s migration intake

How should Australia decide who can migrate here? The Australian Government recently asked the Productivity Commission to look at this issue. The Productivity Commission completed its report in April 2015, and it was released publicly in September 2015. So what did the Productivity Commission say about people coming under the Refugee and Humanitarian Program?
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Australia’s Growing Linguistic Diversity: A Strategic Approach To Language Services

Australia’s growing linguistic diversity: a strategic approach to language services

People who come as part of our Refugee and Humanitarian Program and speak new and emerging languages often find that there are not enough translators and interpreters to help them access services. How can we change this so that they can get help when they need it? This issue is the topic of a recent and important report by the Federation Of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia (FECCA).
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What does Australia mean to people on humanitarian visas?

How do humanitarian visa holders see Australia? Some answers can be found in the largest parallel survey ever done of people born in Australia and overseas, as reported in Australians Today. The report is based on the [email protected] Scanlon Survey and is written by Professor Andrew Markus of Monash University.
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Changes To The Census On 9 August

Changes to the Census on 9 August

This year, there will be some important changes to the census that may affect people from refugee backgrounds or people seeking protection. What is the census and why does it matter?
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Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS)

The Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) provides intensive settlement support to newly arrived refugee and humanitarian entrants. The HSS aims to help refugees achieve self sufficiency as soon as possible by…

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Housing is a concern for anyone on a low income, but at the crucial early stages of settlement, refugee and humanitarian entrants need stability of housing so that they can…

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Settlement Grants Program (SGP)

The SGP provides funding to organisations for programs which assist new arrivals to become self-reliant and participate equitably in Australian society as soon as possible after arrival. SGP services are…

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Regional settlement

While the majority of refugees and humanitarian entrants to Australia settle in the eight state and territory capital cities, hundreds are settled each year in regional cities and towns. Others…

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Identity and other documentation

An issue that some refugee and humanitarian entrants face relates to incorrect proof of identity documentation arising from their migration experience. For example, some visas contain grossly inaccurate information about…

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