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Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program has two key parts: the protection of people who claim asylum (called the ‘onshore’ component) and the resettlement program (called the ‘offshore’ component). The onshore part is for people who claim refugee status after arriving in Australia, while the resettlement part is used to resettle people from outside Australia. Australia sets an annual number of places in this program.

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Intake submission on Australia’s 2017-2018 refugee and humanitarian program

For more than 25 years, the Refugee Council of Australia has been gathering community views on the Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Every year, we conduct a series of consultations across the country to provide feedback to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on the operation of this Program. In April 2017, the Department published a Discussion Paper inviting submissions on the Program. The Refugee Council of Australia provided its submission on 19 May 2017. Submissions are now closed.
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Alternative pathways to protection for refugees

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.
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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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Refugee resettlement to Australia: Parliamentary Library Guide

The Department of Parliament Services analysed refugee resettlement to Australia in their recent research paper What are the facts, published in September 2016. This report offers statistics and advice in relation to the current policies in Australia relating to the resettlement of refugees.
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United Nations summit on refugees and migrants

The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants was held in New York on 19 September 2016. More than 150 government and non-government representatives gathered to adopt a framework to address the large-scale displacement and movement of people across the globe.
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Academics call for better refugee policy

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.
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Timeline

Timeline of major events in the history of Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program   DATE EVENT 5 May 2016 A group of 12 Sri Lankan asylum seekers whose boat was…

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Intake submission on Australia’s 2016-2017 refugee and humanitarian program

Each year since 1984, successive Australian Governments have invited the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) to provide advice on issues for the Government to consider in planning the coming year’s Refugee and Humanitarian Program. Over the years, we have broadened the process of community consultation we conduct to inform our annual submission to the Government, with interested agencies and individuals invited to attend consultation gatherings held around Australia between October and December each year.
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Refugee law timeline

This fact sheet contains a timeline of recent changes to Australian law which affect asylum seekers who arrive by boat.

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