Many people detained on Nauru and Manus Island have suffered excruciating despair and hopelessness.
There must be genuine efforts to ensure transition from uncertainty to permanent status for refugees currently detained offshore as soon as possible.
The agreement would not extend to anyone who arrives in the future, or to those asylum seekers who have not been judged to be refugees.
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The federal government has finally unveiled its agreement for the United States to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island.
Can and should Australia be doing more to resettle refugees?
Should Australia stick with its current model of state-controlled refugee resettlement schemes? Or are there other models we can learn from?
There is an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion on asylum seekers: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers.
History suggests that resettling refugees on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia and New Zealand will not enliven people smuggling between Indonesia and Christmas Island.
A review of studies examining the economic impact of refugees in Australia found no evidence they impose a net cost in the long term.
Successful responses to the global refugee crisis will be those that recognise and build upon displaced people’s skills, capacities and aspirations.
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