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‘There are many resources on refugees and people seeking asylum. On this page, you can find the latest reports and other resources.

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Playing God: The Immigration Minister’s unrestrained power

This report highlights the unrestrained power of the Minister for Immigration. The report is an examination of the expanding powers found within three key pieces of the Australian legislation that affect people seeking asylum. These are: the Migration Act, the ASIO Act and the Maritime Powers Act.
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Submissions to the proposed citizenship changes

In this submission to the Department of Immigration, RCOA expresses its deep concern at the changes to the test and requirements for Australian citizenship proposed in the Discussion Paper published on 20 April. The inclusive nature of Australian citizenship is a crucial element in the success of our multicultural society. Gaining citizenship should be an enabling, positive and welcoming process for applicants and one which is seen to contribute to building a cohesive and dynamic nation.
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Fast-tracking decisions

This table lists decisions by federal courts relating to the new system of refugee status determination for people who came by boat, known as 'fast tracking'.
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Snapshot of refugee and asylum policy: Human Rights Commission reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a second edition of its snapshot report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights. The report provides a useful short summary of many concerns raised by current Australian refugee and asylum policy, including offshore processing and indefinite detention.
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Acronyms

Looking for a quick reference guide to commonly used acronyms for organisations, networks, services and programs? You can search or browse our list below for currently used acronyms.

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Resettlement fraud: Background and resources

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.
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IOM calls for change to health care for irregular migrants in Europe

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has published a detailed report on access to health care for irregular migrants in the European Union (EU). The report reveals an urgent need to improve health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable groups in the EU. It makes recommendations to immediately expand universal health coverage.
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Cancelling visas on ‘character’ grounds: The Ombudsman reports

The Commonwealth Ombudsman has published a report investigating the administration of the process of visa cancellations as a result of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act passed in 2014. The change in the law required the Minister to cancel visas automatically in certain circumstances.
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