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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been very clear the US arrangement is a one-off deal. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

US deal is a good news story for refugees – here’s why it took so long

The Australian government's refugee deal with the US is the first positive news in three years for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.
Asylum seekers at the Manus Regional Processing Centre in Papa New Guinea, one of Australia’s two offshore immigration detention facilities. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell

European leaders taking cues from Australia on asylum seeker policies

Across Europe anti immigration political leaders are turning to Australia for inspiration on how to reduce the number of people seeking asylum in their countries.
A March 21, 2014 photograph of asylum seekers behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre. AAP/Eoin Blackwell

Same old rhetoric cannot justify banning refugees from Australia

The government's message to asylum seekers is already clear: you are not welcome, and you will not be resettled in Australia. Surely that message does not need to be any harsher.
Malcolm Turnbull sounded shrill when, with Peter Dutton, he announced new legislation on Sunday. Paul Millar/AAP Image

New ban on boat people may be belt-and-braces for resettlement initiative

The only way the Turnbull government’s announcement of its latest move against boat people makes sense is if it is the belt-and-braces part of a wider plan to resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island…
A relative of asylum seekers being held on Nauru cries at a press conference to launch an Amnesty International report. Reuters/David Gray

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

It has been the absolutism embedded in Australian immigration culture of control that helps explain our hardline policy history on asylum seekers.
Journalists with the skills to dig into social media can discover connections between key players in complex, often global stories. Mathias Rosenthal via www.shutterstock.com

How social media is helping Australian journalists uncover stories hidden in plain sight

From a social media post that cracked open a decades-old abuse scandal in the UK and Australia, through to tracking asylum seekers, social media can be vital in breaking investigative news stories.

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