The vast unmet need for refugee resettlement from Africa and the opportunities for communities to engage in the sponsorship of refugees were two of the key themes discussed when representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), governments and NGOs from resettlement states and other inter-governmental bodies gathered in Geneva for the 2017 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR).
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 most vulnerable refugees.
New global refugee statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s Global Trends report highlight the need for Australia to increase support for refugees, including those from eastern and central Africa.
When people are in great need and when resettlement places are scarce and processes are complex and protracted, those seeking resettlement may be vulnerable to fraud, corruption and exploitation. We are seeking information from people about any experiences they have with this.
The Community Proposal Pilot is a small program, begun in 2013, that makes it possible for people in Australia to support a person in humanitarian need to come to Australia.
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?
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.
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is calling on the Australian government to show leadership and make firm commitments on refugee policy, ahead of two landmark international refugee summits taking place this week.
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.
The Syrian civil war began in March 2011 amidst the Arab Spring, when a wave of democratic protests spread throughout the Middle East. Protests began after the arrest, torture and killing of two teenage boys who had written anti-government graffiti.Some governments in the Middle East responded to protests with compromise and democratic reforms. The Syrian government under Bashir Al-Assad responded by killing hundreds of protesters and jailing many more.