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Australia's refugee and special humanitarian program : current issues and future directions : 2007-08 : views from the community sector /

by Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W. Refugee Council of Australia 2007Description: 70 p.Notes: February 2007 RCOA annual intake submissionAvailability: No items available

Finding the right time and place : exploring post-compulsory education and training pathways for young people from refugee backgrounds in NSW /

by Olliff, Louise | Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W. Refugee Council of Australia 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: Between January 2004 and December 2008, 21% of the 19,839 refugee and humanitarian entrants who settled in NSW were aged between 16 and 25 at the time of their arrival, making young people of post-compulsory school age a significant demographic settling under the Refugee and Humanitarian Program. These young people bring with them a wealth of skills and experience but also face many challenges in making the transition to life in Australia, particularly with regards to their pursuit of education and training. Many refugee young people come from situations in which their schooling has been highly disrupted or, in some cases, they have not had the opportunity to attend school at all. ; Young people of post-compulsory school age can also face additional pressures, demands and stresses ; than those who migrate at a younger age. These include: more significant pressure to achieve educationally, less previous experience of education, higher level of family responsibilities, delayed or ; suspended personal development as a result of their refugee experience, and limited access to needed ; services due to the inflexibility of many youth and education systems based on chronological age (CMYI ; 2006a). ; Despite the challenges that newly arrived young people with a background of disrupted education face in adapting to the educational expectations and environments in Australia, many are extremely ; motivated and driven to pursue higher education, training and career goals. Research confirms much of the anecdotal evidence that young refugee and humanitarian entrants see education as a source of hope and future (Chegwidden & Thompson 2008; RCOA 2009).Availability: (1)

Australia's refugee and humanitarian program : community views on current challenges and future directions /

by Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W. Refugee Council of Australia from 2000 -Description: PDF.Other title: RCOA annual intake submission.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: 2000-01 ; 2001-02 ; 2002-03 ; 2003-04 ; 2004-05 ; 2005-06 ; 2006-07 ; 2007-08 ; 2008-09 ; 2009-10 ; 2010-11 ; 2011-12 ; 2012-13 ; 2013-14 ; 2014-15 ; 2015-16 ; 2017-18Summary: Each year, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) invites people from across Australia to participate in its annual national consultations on the future of Australia's refugee and humanitarian program. These consultations inform RCOA's annual submission to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship on issues the Australian Government should consider in planning the coming year's refugee program.Availability: (1)

Delays in citizenship applications for permanent refugee visa holders

by Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Sydney, NSW Refugee Council of Australia 2015Description: 1 electronic text (PDF), 14 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Citizenship has particular significance for refugee and humanitarian entrants. Refugees are, by definition, unable to return to their country of origin because of a well-founded fear of persecution or other forms of serious harm. Australian citizenship is therefore often the first effective and durable form of protection that many refugees receive, and is celebrated and cherished by them. For those who know what it is like to live without freedom and democracy, obtaining citizenship in a free and democratic country is particularly meaningful. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Barriers to education for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas.

by Refugee Council of Australia.

[s.l.] Refugee Council of Australia, 2015Description: 18 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: December 2015; Includes bibliographical references.Summary: Report of research into the barriers to education for people in Australia seeking asylum, and refugees on temporary visas. It covers the following aspects: ineligibility for higher education financing programs; limited access to income support; implications for refugees on SHEVs; access to English language classes; enrolment into secondary school for older young people; financial, social and other support; access to apprenticeships; and the benefits of addressing barriers to education. The Appendix lists the scholarships open to refugees on temporary visas and asylum seekers.Availability: (1)

Australia's response to a world in crisis : community views on planning for the 2016-17 refugee and humanitarian program

by Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W Refugee Council of Australia 2016Description: 85 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: March 2016Summary: The year 2015 was a dramatic and traumatic period for refugees, in Australia and internationally. The number of people forcibly displaced due to persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations is now at the highest level since World War II.1 The enormous challenges of global displacement have come to be symbolised by dramatic images of Syrian children washing up dead on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Germans lining up to help refugees at train stations and Hungary’s barbed wire fence along its border. In Australia, those images were mixed with alarming stories of the harm suffered by the people detained in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Less visibly, the year 2015 was marked by the implementation of dramatic changes in Australia’s asylum policy, affecting over 30,000 people in the Australian community. These included significant changes to the determination of refugee status, the introduction of Temporary Protection Visas and the removal of government-funded legal assistance. New issues emerged, including protracted delays in the granting of citizenship and the denial of access to further or higher education for those on Temporary Protection Visas. Most of the old problems remained, including the vanishing prospects for many refugees of being reunited with their loved ones, access to education and employment, and the absence of suitable housing options. This submission to the Australian Government on options for the 2016-17 Refugee and Humanitarian Program and for broader refugee policy reflects the voices and views, and the ideas and expertise, of individuals and organisations from across Australia: people from refugee backgrounds, people seeking asylum and the many brave and committed communities and organisations supporting them. It is the result of the largest consultation process ever conducted by RCOA in 30 years of preparing annual submissions, based on 50 face-to-face consultations in 17 cities and towns in eight states and territories, as well as additional meetings and teleconferences and a call for submissions. The submission also brings international perspectives, through gathered by RCOA from international networks, participation in global meetings and from refugee communities in Australia. While outlining current and future challenges for Australian refugee policy, our goal has been to draw together a constructive agenda of new ideas as well as incremental improvements to existing programs. Availability: (1)

With empty hands : how the Australian government is forcing people seeking asylum to destitution / Sahar Okhovat

by Okhovat, Sahar | Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, NSW Refugee Council of Australia, 2018Description: 24 p. : ill. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: June 2018Summary: This paper highlights the plight of the tens of thousands of people seeking asylum who are living in the community in Australia. It discusses the impact of policy changes and the denial of access to work or health services, illustrated with quotes from asylum seekers and support service staff. It argues that asylum seekers should not be punished for seeking protection, and should not be forced to choose between starving in the streets or returning home to persecution.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

COVID-19 and humanitarian migrants on temporary visas : assessing the public costs / John van Kooy. Commissioned by the Refugee Council of Australia

by van Kooy, John | Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W. : Refugee Council of Australia, 2020Description: 16 p. PDF.Other title: COVID-19 and temporary humanitarian migrants.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Temporary migrants—including people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas— are particularly vulnerable to unemployment and poverty during Australia’s ‘coronavirus recession,’ due largely to their overrepresentation in precarious work and lack of access to social security assistance.2 A previous briefing paper projected how job and income losses for refugees and asylum seekers would lead to a decline in household spending, the inability of some households to pay rental costs, and foregone federal taxation revenue.3 This paper examines how unemployment and income loss for temporary humanitarian visa holders4 impacts on their health and well-being, and projects some of the subsequent fiscal implications for State and Territory Governments. Specifically, the paper demonstrates how preventing refugees and asylum seekers from accessing financial help such as the ‘JobSeeker’ payment is likely to create increased demand for public health and homelessness services. A case study of Cumberland, a local government area (LGA) in Western Sydney with a high concentration of refugees and asylum seekers, also highlights population needs and impacts at a local level. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The impacts of COVID-19 on people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas / John van Kooy. Commissioned by the Refugee Council of Australia

by van Kooy, John | Refugee Council of Australia.

Publisher: Surry Hills, N.S.W. : Refugee Council of Australia, 2020Description: 2 p. PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This briefing focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on asylum seekers holding Bridging Visas (BVs “A”, “C” and “E”), and refugees on Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs) and Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs). The analysis demonstrates the vulnerability of these temporary visa holders to job losses as a result of the pandemic, which have flow-on effects for their housing situation and health. There are significant public costs associated with these effects (represented in Figure 1 below), including reduced economic consumption, foregone federal income tax, and increased rental vacancies/loss of rental income. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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