Refugees bring a lot to Australian society. People who have come as refugees have been successful in the arts, sports, media, science and business.
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Fact check: Are people seeking asylum who come by boat economic migrants?
Most people seeking asylum who have come by boat have been found to be refugees. According to the Australian Parliamentary Library, between 70-100% have typically been found to be refugees. In 2012-13, 88% of those who...
Does helping refugees mean we don’t help disadvantaged Australians?
We should help people in need, even if they are not fellow citizens. Indeed, people seeking asylum often face other disadvantages because they are not citizens.
Do we need to discourage irregular movement so that we can establish an orderly asylum process?
When someone is forced to flee, they often need to leave quickly and secretly. They may not have documents and cannot wait for processes. In any case, most countries do not allow people to apply for protection overseas...
Does ‘stopping the boats’ save lives?
Nobody wants to see people seeking asylum risking their lives to reach Australia. Nobody seeking asylum wants to risk their lives either, but they do it because it is better than going back to persecution.
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Clear answers to curly questions on refugee policy proposals
Are you advocating for refugees? Here are some suggested answers to some of the curly questions we often hear at the Refugee Council of Australia, based on our three key priorities for 2022.
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Refugees in Australia: a quick guide
This is a quick guide for people who want to understand refugee policy in Australia, and how refugees in Australia are treated.