Report of 2017 Annual Tripartite Consultations on resettlement (full report)

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). This is the full report from that meeting.
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Submission on the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support Discussion Paper

The Refugee Council of Australia made a submission on the Discussion Paper by the Department of Social Services (DSS) on the future of the Settlement Grants Program. The paper had been developed to guide sector consultations and provided an opportunity for currently funded Settlement Grant providers and other key stakeholders to provide views and ideas on the proposed changes to the Program before the next funding round.
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New Migration Regulations Increase Potential For Indefinite Detention

New Migration Regulations increase potential for indefinite detention

New Migration Regulations took effect on 18 November that could have a very significant impact on refugees, especially those on temporary protection visas. Unless these Regulations are disallowed by the Senate on 27 November, the Regulations will apply to a broad range of temporary visas, including temporary protection and bridging visas.
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Strengthening the role of refugee communities in policy development

Paul Power, CEO of Refugee Council of Australia, and Om Dhungel, Working Group Member of the NSW Refugee Communities Advocacy Network, shared the stage at the Advancing Community Cohesion Conference at the University of Western Sydney. They spoke from different perspectives about strengthening the role of refugee communities in policy development.
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