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Refugees and asylum seekers

Advocates say it’s time to adopt a Canadian-style refugee program

Luke Michael, Tuesday, 16th June 2020 -  Community leaders believe current programs fail to encourage widespread community participation in the welcoming and supporting of refugees

The communities left behind in the pandemic

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 25th May 2020 -  “We are essentially putting a Band-Aid on what could become a larger societal issue,” charity leader says.

Just like home, but a little different

Maggie Coggan, Thursday, 12th December 2019 -  Populations are dwindling across rural Australia and many towns are struggling to survive. But a program connecting refugees with work and a place to call home is out to change this. 

Analysis

Explainer: the medevac repeal and what it means for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru

Contributor, Thursday, 5th December 2019 -  Jacqui Lambie has made a secret deal with the Coalition government to secure the repeal of medevac, writes Alex Reilly from the University of Adelaide.

Review calls for refugee community sponsorship program

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 27th November 2019 -  A new report says Australia needs a community sponsored visa program which harnesses the collective strength of whole communities

Senate remains divided on medevac laws

Luke Michael, Monday, 21st October 2019 -  Community groups are urging Parliament to save medevac legislation from the scrapheap

Community groups urge Parliament to support Medevac laws

Luke Michael, Monday, 26th August 2019 -  Dismantling medical evacuation laws for asylum seekers and refugees may lead to more people dying needlessly on Manus Island and Nauru, a Senate inquiry has heard. 

Gillian Triggs to shine a light on Australia’s refugee treatment

Maggie Coggan, Monday, 12th August 2019 -  Gillian Triggs’ appointment as the assistant high commissioner for protection at the United Nations has been welcomed by refugee advocates, who say she will be a strong voice on the plight of refugees and asylum seekers around the world. 

Can the community do more to help refugees resettle in Australia?

Luke Michael, Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 -  A charity sector push to establish a Canadian-style community refugee sponsorship scheme in Australia has been backed by a major philanthropic fund. 

Global refugee crisis prompts calls for policy rethink

Luke Michael, Friday, 21st June 2019 -  NGO leaders say Australia must seriously rethink its refugee policy and increase its humanitarian intake after it was revealed more than 70 million people were forced to flee their homes in 2018.
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