Australia: removing a country from the migration zone

27th May 2013

In an unprecedented effort to deter the arrival of asylum seekers who are in need of sanctuary, the federal Labor party has performed a dramatic U-turn and excised the entire Australian mainland from the migration zone.

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JRS calls on Government to reinstate work rights

13th April 2013

The government’s decision to release families on bridging visas is a positive step but the omission of work rights from the policy will put asylum seekers at high risk of destitution, says Jesuit Refugee Service Australia. “Denying families the right…

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Australia: Opposition asylum seeker proposals ignore the facts

1st March 2013

JRS Australia advocates for refugees and asylum seekers to live in communities, and not in detention centers. Assistance is provided to both those in detention and living in the communities through the Shelter project and the Community Detention Project.

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“No advantage” policy cruel, inhumane, and immoral

22nd November 2012

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia says that it views with alarm and concern the Australian government’s decision to apply the “no advantage” test to asylum seekers who arrive by boat and are released into the community. The Minister of Immigration announced that…

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New refugee bill ‘retrograde and reprehensible’

6th November 2012

Jesuit Refugee Service Australia has criticised the Australian government’s decision to excise the mainland from the migration zone, saying it amounts to a selective de facto withdrawal from the Refugee Convention and undermines the international refugee protection regime. The decision…

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