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This page highlights some key publications on refugees for people who want to learn more.

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Building A New Life In Australia, Three Years In

Building a new life in Australia, three years in

What is life like for refugees settling in Australia? In this important report from the Building a New Life in Australia study, we find out how people are doing, three years in. We find out what has worked, what hasn't, and how settlement policy and services could improve.
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Mapping Social Cohesion Survey 2017

Mapping Social Cohesion Survey 2017

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, Professor Andrew Markus and Monash University published the results of the tenth Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey. In analysing the overall ability of Australia to maintain a socially cohesive society, Markus concludes that the findings demonstrate the weakening resilience of the Australian community. The survey shows that a question mark remains regarding our ability to sustain success as a cohesive population.
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FutureAbility Project Report 2016: Multicultural Communities Getting NDIS-ready

FutureAbility Project Report 2016: Multicultural communities getting NDIS-ready

Settlement Services International (SSI) have developed a project to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities get access to disability services. The project is called FutureAbility, and is funded by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS). In 2016, SSI released a report summarising the process and findings of the project’s first four phases.
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Giving People Seeking Asylum The Chance To Get Work

Giving people seeking asylum the chance to get work

Given the Chance for Asylum Seekers is a Brotherhood of St Laurence employment program for people seeking asylum. The program's services includes assessing their job readiness, help with job applications, access to training, interview preparation and understanding Australian workplaces. By partnering with employers, the program also creates new jobs and training opportunities. The program has helped many individuals get their first job in Australia. The first phase of this program has recently been evaluated by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
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Refugees On PNG Face Unchecked Violence: Human Rights Watch Report

Refugees on PNG face unchecked violence: Human Rights Watch report

Human Rights Watch has released a damning report on the dangers faced by those transferred to Papua New Guinea (PNG) under Australia's policy of offshore processing. As Australia plans to close the centre there on 31 October 2017, Human Rights Watch documents why people are afraid to leave the centre and why settling them on PNG will not work.
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The Special Rapporteur On The Human Rights Of Migrants Reports On Australia

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants reports on Australia

The Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, visited Australia and the regional processing centres in Nauru from 1 to 18 November 2016. Consultations were held with officials of the Government of Australia, migrants, civil society organisations and international organisations. His highly critical report was made public in June 2017.
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Playing God: The Immigration Minister’s Unrestrained Power

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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