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Migration Policy

International Migration and Employment Growth in Australia 2011-16

What can the census tell us about refugees in Australia?

In September 2017, SCOA CEO, Nick Tebbey, was consulted by global news company Devex in relation to research it was conducting following the release of the Australian Census. The research looked at the location of refugees across Australia, their nationalities and the lessons that could be drawn from this information about Australia's response to the global refugee crisis. The article discusses the settlement experiences of refugees in Australia, and provides a useful interactive tool for exploring this issue. View the article here.

SCoA Submission on Proposed Citizenship Changes – June 2017

In April 2017 the Federal Government proposed to make changes to citizenship requirements in Australia. The details of the proposal are contained in the Strengthening the Test for Australian Citizenship discussion paper. Australia is a nation built on immigration. It is repeatedly celebrated for its ability to include people from diverse backgrounds, skills and experience, and for the diversity and prosperity that this brings. It is widely accepted that Australia’s citizenship laws have played a crucial role in fostering inclusion and enabling the country to welcome migrants and encourage them to become part of the Australian community. This submission was released in June 2017.

Census 2016: Cultural Diversity in Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released a number of interesting data sets arising from the 2016 Census.

Data describing Australia's rich cultural diversity has been compiled into a useful report which can be accessed here.

SCoA Submission to Inquiry into Migrant Settlement Outcomes – January 2017

Australia’s migration program provides a crucial opportunity to achieve mutual long‐term benefits for Australia as well as the migrants whose entry it facilitates. For this to succeed, however, services must be adequate to support new arrivals as they settle in to their new homes. Migrants in Australia, including those from a refugee background, are well known for their tenacity, resourcefulness and commitment to Australia. However it is accepted that they face challenges in their relocation to Australia and, as a result, require specific services to ensure they are able to participate actively in the economy and in society more generally. Naturally, the level of services required differs greatly between different classes of migrant and, indeed, between individual migrants. Australia has a long and proud history of delivering services that are tailored to meet the needs of new arrivals in a way that is effective, efficient and achieves the best possible settlement outcomes. Submission released January 2017.

SCoA Briefing Paper – Multiculturalism Alive and Well in Australia – November 2016

Strengthening Australian Citizenship

Humanitarian Programme 2017-18

Pathways to Protection