refugee and asylum seeker policy

Working paper

11 Apr 2018

This working paper looks at international practices for establishing identity in undocumented asylum seekers and argues there is scope for Australia and its regional partners to develop an internationally accepted standard of identity document.

Journal article

15 Mar 2018

The article summarises how collaboration between national governments contributes to the health and wellbeing of refugees settling in Australia.

Article

2 Mar 2018

This article argues that it makes economic sense to support people from a refugee or asylum-seeking background from the moment they arrive. A few simple changes would ease the housing situation of vulnerable people.

Research report

1 Feb 2018

Australia has used a calculated system of neglect and cruelty to increase the hardship suffered by refugees and asylum seekers, but remains responsible for their fate and well-being. It cannot shirk its responsibility, shifting them from one detention centre to several others, in a cynical...

Guide

16 Nov 2017

This guide provides statistics on the number of boats that have been ‘turned back’ since the practice of removing unauthorised maritime arrivals in Suspected Illegal Entry Vessels (SIEVs) from Australian waters was introduced by the Howard Government in 2001.

Commentary

12 Nov 2017

The Howard Government’s resolution of a crisis on Nauru in 2005 points the way forward for dealing with the people currently held on Manus Island, writes Michael Gordon.

Commentary

6 Nov 2017

Malcolm Turnbull could have responded in any of three ways to New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees. Either of the two alternatives he rejected would have been more just and humane, writes Tessa Morris-Suzuki.

Report

UNHCR Statelessness Report 2017
3 Nov 2017

This report explains the circumstances that have led to millions of people around the world not being recognized as citizens, drawing on discussions with four stateless or formerly stateless minority groups.

Blog post

27 Oct 2017

After five years, the Australian government practice of offshore processing of asylum seekers on Manus Island is about to finish.

Policy report

26 Oct 2017

The Law Council of Australia considers that any regional responses to the flow of asylum seekers into and within the Asia-Pacific region must comply with the agreed standards set out in international legal instruments.

Research report

18 Sep 2017

This research paper provides an overview of significant developments in refugee law and policy during the period 18 September 2013 to 2 July 2016 (the Coalition Government’s first term in office).

Policy report

24 Aug 2017

This report focuses on the barriers faced by refugees and migrants imposed by the main federal employment program, Jobactive.

Discussion paper

24 Aug 2017

In June 2017, senior staff of Settlement Services International (SSI) and Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) were involved in meetings in Canada and Geneva to learn more the Canadian model of private sponsorship of refugees and its implications for Australia. SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis and...

Annual Report

Report on Australian advocacy in Geneva 2017
18 Aug 2017

How should we shape the Global Compact on Refugees and what does this mean for states, civil society, refugee and host communities and others? These questions were the focus of international discussions in Geneva in June 2017.

These meetings were part of the process...

Conference paper

18 Aug 2017

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...

Article

21 Jul 2017

An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society.

Report

Shooting at Australia's refugee centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea
14 May 2017

The briefing directly contradicts initial claims made by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea Police, suggesting that soldiers only fired bullets into the air during a shooting incident at the Manus Island detention centre in April 2017.

Research report

21 Apr 2017

On 12 September 2016, the Senate referred the following matters to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report.

The terms of reference were as follows;

The serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to...

Commentary

28 Feb 2017

According to Donald Trump, Sweden is “having problems like they never thought possible” because of mass migration. But there is no evidence to support the American president’s claim. The crime rate is not affected by the immigration rate, and the Swedish state has actually imposed...

Research report

22 Feb 2017

The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful...