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This page highlights some key publications on refugees for people who want to learn more.

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An island of despair: Amnesty International’s report on Nauru

Are we torturing people on Nauru? Yes, according to Amnesty International, in its recent report Island of Despair. This report was based on interviews with refugees on the island, people who worked for companies that provided services in Nauru under Australia government contracts, and others concerned within the Australian community.
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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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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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How Can We Make Higher Education More Accessible For Refugees?

How can we make higher education more accessible for refugees?

What do we know about the participation of refugees in university? And how can we make higher education more accessible for them? These are the questions addressed by a recent study by the University of Melbourne's Refugee Studies Program and Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Not There Yet: An Investigation into the Access and Participation of Students from Humanitarian Refugee Backgrounds in the Australian Higher Education System.
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The resettlement of refugees in Australia: a bibliography

Since the end of the Second World War, Australia has formally resettled over 800,000 refugees. Their settlement has been the subject of a significant amount of research. This bibliography lists a total of 1451 postgraduate theses, books, book chapters, journal articles and reports, including 644 items published since 2010. The bibliography and the accompanying introduction are regularly updated.
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Association With Abuse: The financial sector’s involvement in gross human rights abuses of people seeking asylum in Australia.

This report examines the involvement of Ferrovial SA, a Spanish stock-exchange listed company, through its subsidiary Broadspectrum, in operating the offshore detention centres (ODCs)for asylum seekers in Manus Island and Narau. As the lead contractor in administering both centres, Broadspectrum makes decisions about detainee welfare, movement, communication, behaviour, accommodation, food, clothing, water, security and general conditions.
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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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We Are Dead Souls On Nauru

We are dead souls on Nauru

In July 2016, a researcher from Amnesty International and another researcher from Human Rights Watch managed to enter Nauru legally. This followed years of secrecy in which media and researchers have been regularly refused entry. Only two journalists have visited since January 2014, and Nauru has banned Facebook on the island. They published their report in August 2016.
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