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There are about 30,000 refugees in Australia, and just over 200 of them have been able to study at a university. www.shutterstock.com

How people seeking asylum in Australia access higher education, and the enormous barriers they face

Federal government policies are the biggest barriers to people seeking asylum in accessing higher education in Australia.
When Labor tried to suspend standing orders in question time, Cathy McGowan, Rebekha Sharkie, Kerryn. Phelps and Julia Banks abstained. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Crossbench women give Morrison a break after week from hell

While the Liberals are losing out politically because of their low female representation and inability to properly address the problem, on the crossbench the women are now standouts (and a majority).
U.S. President Donald Trump is seen at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Donald Trump's relentless nods to fascism in his rhetoric requires us to form a language of resistance, rooted in compassion for others, justice and the confrontation of the forces of tyranny.
Rally organized by HIAS, a Jewish group that supports refugees, outside the White House. Ted Eytan/Flickr

Religion and refugees are deeply entwined in the US

The idea of welcoming the stranger is central to Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Today, that engenders a responsibility to shield refugees and other immigrants from violence and oppression.
Central American migrants face extortion, robbery, assault, kidnapping, rape and murder on their weeks-long journey through Mexico. Some find safety in numbers. AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Migrants travel in groups for a simple reason: safety

More than two-thirds of Central American migrants will experience violence on their journey through Mexico, from robbery and extortion to rape. Caravans create safety in numbers.
Hanns’ arguments challenge the strong warnings from Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton about the danger of reviving the people. smuggling trade if there is any relaxation of policy. Lukas Coch/AAP

Former Home Affairs officer calls for all refugees to be brought to Australia

In a paper being sent to all federal MPs, Shaun Hanns argues that current policy is based on an unfounded belief that resettlement in Australia would lead to an out-of-control influx of boat arrivals.
The issue of the children on Nauru – many of them with acute health. issues - escalated in recent weeks, with campaigning by doctors for a more humanitarian approach and pressure from government backbenchers. Danny Casey/AAP

Government raises glimmer of hope for New Zealand deal on refugees

Opposition immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann said Labor welcomed the government's “sudden and unexplained interest” in considering a deal with New Zealand.
Three years into a protracted political and economic crisis, Venezuela has seen TK million migrants — TK percent of its population — flee. Reuters/Luisa Gonzalez

Refugees from Venezuela are fleeing to Latin American cities, not refugee camps

Up to 5,000 refugees flee hunger and chaos in Venezuela each day – a migrant crisis rivaling Syria's. Most arrive to poor South American border cities that are dangerously unprepared for the influx.
Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, kisses her 10-year-old son Diego Magalhaes, after he is released from immigration detention in Chicago on July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Drugging detained children is like using a chemical straitjacket

Psychotropic medication is 'pharmaceutical violence' against migrant children and other incarcerated youth throughout the United States. Drug addiction is one consequence.
The majority of refugees have access to smartphones. Tür a Tür Digital Factory, 2017

Mobile platforms can give refugees access to vital information when they arrive in Australia

Accessing the right information in a timely manner is essential, but difficult for newly arrived refugees. Information varies, plus there are language barriers and geographical complications.

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