Refugee children



Key tensions in refugee education

Globally, education is in crisis, with steep inequities, low learning outcomes, irrelevant content and ineffective learning and teaching strategies in many settings. This paper is intended for refugee education donors, policy-makers and implementers, and aims to inform policy dialogue.
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People from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds: an open access annotated bibliography (4th edition)

This 4th edition of an open access annotated bibliography has been curated by a collective of scholars who share an interest in the impacts of forced migration on people from refugee, asylum seeking and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) migrant backgrounds.

Refugee education in Australian secondary schools: an overview of current practices

This report outlines findings from an Australian study of school practices which aimed to promote the wellbeing and academic development of refugee students.

What works to protect children on the move?

This rapid evidence assessment provides insights on positive practices to protect children on the move, as well as evidence gaps and recommendations for addressing them.

‘School is where you need to be equal and learn’: insights from students of refugee backgrounds on learning and engagement in Victorian secondary schools

This report presents the findings of a research project conducted by the Schools Support Program at Foundation House. This project sought out the insights of students of refugee backgrounds on the barriers and facilitators to learning and engagement at school.
Literature review

Overweight and obesity among adolescent refugees and migrants arriving in Australia: a review of the literature

The literature review presented in this report aimed to investigate the evidence available for overweight and obesity among refugee and migrant adolescent populations who have recently arrived in their resettlement country.

Australia's man-made crisis on Nauru: six years on

On 14 September 2012, Australia sent the first people back to Nauru under the second version of its offshore processing policy. This joint report examines what is happening to around 900 people who are still stuck on Nauru six years later, including an estimated 109...

Improving educational outcomes for students from refugee backgrounds in the South Australian Certificate of Education project

While this project was based on two case study schools, the practices described in the framework can be used by all schools supporting students from refugee backgrounds who are undertaking their senior secondary school certificate of education.

Humanitarian and migrant youth arrivals to Australia July 2015 – June 2016

This resource provides an overview of the young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds arriving in Australia between 2015 and 2016.

State of the nation: Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia

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...

Addressing the pain of separation for refugee families

This paper summarises both the continuing and new concerns expressed to the RCOA during our annual national consultations and other discussions with service providers and refugee community members. It proposes alternatives for positive reforms that will benefit those seeking protection in Australia and the humanitarian...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Has the number of children in detention dropped from 2,000 to about 75 under the Coalition?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims that, since the Coalition came to power three years ago, more than 95 per cent of kids have been removed from immigration detention.

Supporting higher education key to resettling Syrian refugees

Last month, the Australian Government announced that it will open the door to 12,000 refugees fleeing Iraq and Syria. To allow them to rebuild lives successfully in Australia, equal access to education must be guaranteed, argues Max Walden.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur focuses on children deprived of their liberty from the perspective of the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. In the report, the Special Rapporteur explores the international legal framework and standards protecting...

The forgotten children: national inquiry into children in immigration detention 2014

This report argues that prolonged detention of children leads to serious negative impacts on their mental and emotional health and development. Foreword Australia currently holds about 800 children in mandatory closed immigration detention for indefinite periods, with no pathway to protection or settlement. This includes...
Journal article

Australia's treatment of refugee and asylum seeker children: the views of Australian paediatricians

Examines the knowledge and attitudes of paediatricians about refugee and asylum seeker issues (both onshore and offshore).
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Children in detention: Is Australia breaching international law?

The president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, claims that under international law, children should not be detained for longer than absolutely necessary for health and security checks.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Tony Burke not telling the full story on unaccompanied asylum seeker children

The Federal Government's refugee deal with Papua New Guinea sparked questions about who will be responsible for unaccompanied minors sent offshore.

World youth report 2013: youth & migration

The literature on youth migration and its development impact in countries of origin and destination is sparse. This report attempts to fill this gap and offers a comprehensive account of the life experiences of young migrants.

Views of young people in detention centres: Queensland 2011

Giving young people the opportunity to share their views and experiences of detention and the youth justice system, this survey considers matters that affect their safety and wellbeing.

Adolescent and young refugee perspectives on psychosocial well-being

This project examined psychosocial well-being from the perspective of refugee adolescents in four government schools in Perth, Western Australia.