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Latest reports

Thinking beyond offshore processing: Key recommendations from the Refugee Council of Australia

This paper explains our views on the path beyond offshore processing, bringing together existing recommendations in some of our key reports, including: Australia’s response to a world in crisis (March 2016, ‘Australia’s response’), Eroding our identity as a generous nation: Community views on Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum (December 2015, ‘Eroding our identity’) and Improving Refugee Protection in Asia-Pacific: How Australia can make a practical difference (July 2015, ‘Improving refugee protection’).
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Policy brief: reuniting refugee families

One of the hardest challenges refugees in Australia face is being apart from their families. Every year in our annual consultations, refugee community members have spoken of the devastating psychological, economic and social impacts of family separation.
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Jobactive: Refugee community and service provider concerns

For many years, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has raised significant concerns regarding the support and assistance that refugees receive through employment services funded by the Federal Government. This paper summarises concerns expressed to RCOA during our annual national community consultations and other discussions with settlement service providers and refugee community members.
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2015 High Commissioner’s Dialogue – Root causes of displacement

On 16-17 December 2015, the retiring UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, hosted the last of his annual dialogues on protection challenges, focusing on the topic “Understanding and addressing root causes of displacement”. This was the first gathering of its kind to bring together states, UN bodies and civil society representatives to discuss the factors which cause displacement.
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66th session of the UNHCR Executive Committee

The 2015 ExCom meeting took place from 5 to 9 October. The meeting focused largely on the continued deterioration in the global displacement crisis, including ongoing shortfalls in humanitarian funding and the inadequate protection which precipitated the movement of refugees towards Europe. The meeting also included a High-Level Segment on the Afghan refugee situation.
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2015 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR)

RCOA chief executive officer Paul Power and Teju Chouhan of Albury-Wodonga’s Bhutanese community were among delegates to the 2015 Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) in Geneva from 29 June to 1 July. The meeting explored current refugee resettlement trends and priorities, highlighting the compelling need for more resettlement places to be made available to expand durable solutions for refugees.
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South Sudanese community organisations in Sydney

Is a community falling apart if there are many community organisations and structures? No, argues PhD candidate and former refugee Atem Dau Atem. In his analysis of South Sudanese community structures in Sydney, he sees the large number of community organisations and structures as a sign that communities are meeting their own needs, and helping people settle.
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