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Refugee Council to PM: You’ve made your point about boats, now end the suffering

  Refugee Council of Australia CEO Paul Power has today asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the offshore detention regime now that the government has “made its point about boat arrivals clearly to the world”. In a letter to Mr Turnbull on the fourth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s establishment…

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Less than one third of refugees in Australia’s humanitarian program are resettled from UNHCR

New documents obtained by the Refugee Council of Australia through freedom of information (FOI) show that only one third of people in Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program are referred by UNHCR. This increasing trend towards selecting refugees based on community links in Australia undermines the principle that Australia should be taking the…

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Tens of Thousands Turn Out for Australia’s Biggest Ever Refugee Week

Refugee Week 2017 was officially Australia’s biggest to date, with over 500 events celebrated across the country in every state and territory. Film screenings, art exhibitions, circus performances, public storytelling, music festivals, comedy galas, poetry slams, fashion shows, a smorgasbord of mouth-watering food and much, much more brought out tens…

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New Refugee Statistics Highlight Need For Greater Australian Support For Africa

New global refugee statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) highlight the need for Australia to increase support to nations in eastern and central Africa, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. UNHCR’s 2016 Global Trends report shows that Uganda received more refugees last year than any…

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Budget 2017: Another missed opportunity for Australia and for refugees

  The Government’s 2017 Budget falls short of making a significant contribution to addressing the global refugee crisis, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. “Although the increase in the refugee intake provides a glimmer of hope for some, this Budget sadly misses the mark in creating meaningful and humane…

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Older refugees have most to lose from citizenship changes

People brought to Australia under the Federal Government’s refugee resettlement program have the most to lose from foreshadowed changes to the citizenship process, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) says. RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power said the tougher English language requirements and the restrictions on the number of times…

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