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An unnecessary penalty: Economic impacts of changes to the Status Resolution Support Services

This paper finds that the changes to Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) will force people into situations of material poverty rather than assisting them to find employment. Removing income and case management support also shifts federal welfare costs and responsibilities to state agencies as well as to community-based organisations, many of which are reliant on private donations and volunteer support. The changes represent an unnecessary penalty for a group already rendered vulnerable by the immigration status resolution process.
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Refugee Alternatives: Conference Report 2018

The Refugee Council of Australia and Melbourne Social Equity Institute's conference, Refugee Alternatives: Improving policy, practice and public support, was held 13-14 February 2018. The two-day conference, hosted at the University of Melbourne, brought together a broad range of expertise from across the country and globally to cover topics of displacement, protection, cooperation, wellbeing, resilience, education, advocacy, and unity.
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Australia’s man-made crisis on Nauru

Six years after the Australian government began sending people seeking asylum to Nauru, there are still around 900 people left on the island, including an estimated 109 children. All of them will have been there for over four years. Almost 200 people lived in a processing centre, including 14 children, until they were cleared out along with tents and temporary accommodation they were living in for the Pacific Island Forum.
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Report on Australian advocacy in Geneva 2018

Years of advocacy by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) for greater refugee community representation in international policy discussions culminated in the ground-breaking first-ever Global Summit of Refugees in Geneva. The Summit was the highlight of 10 days of Australian advocacy in Geneva (19-29 June 2018), which included UNHCR’s annual NGO Consultations, global dialogue on refugee resettlement, engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and meetings with senior officials of UNHCR and IOM.
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Report of 2018 Annual Tripartite Consultations on resettlement

The sharp decrease in the number of resettlement places at the time of greatest need and protecting the core function of resettlement as a protection tool 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 2018 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR).
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Engaging with UN human rights procedures: A guide for refugee diaspora communities

It is common for refugee diaspora communities to encounter human rights issues when fleeing their countries of origin, however, it is often difficult for these communities and individuals to bring attention to those human rights issues once they have settled in a new country. This guide has been produced to assist refugee communities and organisations with UN human rights procedures when flagging potential human rights issues.
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Recent changes in Australian refugee policy

Recent years have seen numerous changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies, largely as a political response to an increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat. This document summarises some of the more recent policy changes.
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Starving them out: How the Australian Government is forcing people seeking asylum into destitution

Over the past 25 years, people have been supported while seeking asylum through a basic living allowance and limited casework. These support programs were designed so that people can more effectively resolve their claims for protection. In the past few years, and especially since August 2017, the Australian Government has been making it harder for people to access these support programs. This policy brief looks at recent and upcoming policies that will force thousands into destitution.
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