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Former Refugee Atem Dau Atem to Represent Australia at UN

The 2017 John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant, which supports an individual of refugee background to carry out advocacy at the United Nations in Geneva, has been awarded to Atem Atem, an Australian of South Sudanese heritage and a former refugee.  Atem was born in South Sudan but had to…

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Landmark win on citizenship for former refugees

In a landmark decision, the Federal Court of Australia has today ruled against the Minister of Immigration on the question of citizenship for people of refugee background. The Minister was found to have unreasonably delayed in making decisions on citizenship applications and was ordered to reconsider the applications of the…

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ACT offers subsidised training for people on bridging visas and temporary protection visas

The Refugee Council of Australia welcomes the announcement by the Australian Capital Territory government that it has extended eligibility for its Skilled Capital program and Australian Apprenticeships to people on bridging visas and temporary protection visas. As we have previously reported, these people are generally not able to access Commonwealth…

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NSW Government applauded for education support for people seeking asylum

  We are delighted with the NSW Government’s decision to waive education fees for people seeking asylum. It will make a huge difference to many people as they start to rebuild their lives and become financially independent members of the community. The majority of people seeking asylum are currently living…

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New research shows immigration policy dividing thousands of families

New research released today by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) shows that thousands of people across Australia are unable to reunite with their families as a result of current immigration policy.  The report, ‘Addressing The Pain of Separation for Refugee Families’, finds that significant bureaucratic barriers are preventing people…

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What is a Refugee? – Book Launch – 14 November 2016

“What is a Refugee?” Book Launch RCOA’s Vice President William Maley, Professor of Diplomacy, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University will launch his latest book "What is a Refugee?" at this special event. Come and join us.  RSVP now Event Details “What is a Refugee?” Book Launch…

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Proposed perverse laws mete out more ad hoc punishment to vulnerable people seeking asylum

MEDIA RELEASE October 31, 2016. The Refugee Council of Australia has labelled the proposed draconian laws, aimed at banning people who arrived seeking asylum in Australia by boat from ever setting foot on Australian soil, as ill-targeted, perverse punishment for people who came to us seeking safety. Refugee Council of…

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Applications Open for 2017 John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant  

Download Application Information here. The annual John Gibson Refugee Community Leadership Grant supports advocates from refugee backgrounds to take part in high-level international advocacy on refugee issues. One advocate is selected each year to join the Australian NGO team at the annual consultations between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees…

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