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The Biloela Tamil family will be able to remain in Australia until the asylum claim for the youngest daughter is properly assessed. James Ross/AAP

How the Biloela Tamil family deportation case highlights the failures of our refugee system

Of the original 31,000 refugees in the 'fast-track' visa caseload, nearly 8,200 are yet to have their applications processed. As a result, their lives remain in limbo.
Julia Aylen wades through waist-deep water carrying her pet dog as she is rescued during Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas. AP Photo/Tim Aylen

Climate change, poverty and human rights: an emergency without precedent

The effects of climate change will disproportionately affect the world's poorest, risking the lives and health of millions of people located mainly in the Global South.
“Give me your tired and your poor who can stand on their own two feet. And who will not become a public charge,” said Acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Trump administration revives public charge clause that kept Nazi-era refugees from the US

During the Nazi era, roughly 300,000 additional Jewish refugees could have gained entry to the U.S. But the immigration law’s “likely to become a public charge” clause kept them out.
Attraction and retention: the key issues to get more immigrants to settle in regional Australia. Flickr/Toowoomba Region

The regions can take more migrants and refugees, with a little help

Migrants who've settled in regional Australia find jobs, get on with the locals and feel safe. So the government wants to know how to encourage more migrants to move there.
Phoenix Raei plays an Iranian refugee forced to join a fight club in a detention centre in the film Below. Melbourne International Film Festival

A new Australian film set in an immigration detention centre is a jarring mix of violence, satire and humanism

In the film Below, a fight club is set up in a fictional, remote immigration detention centre. However the film’s shock tactics often feel manufactured, and risk exploiting the refugee crisis as mere backdrop.
Honduran migrant Vicky Chavez with her daughter Issabella on May 31, 2018 in the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where she sought protection from deportation in late 2017. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement

The number of migrants living in churches has spiked recently in anticipation of threatened immigration raids, but churches have long protected refugees in an act of faith-based civil disobedience.
A Rohingya refugee girl sells vegetables in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. Access to education is extremely limited in the camps, and most children — particularly girls — receive little to no formal education, Aug. 28, 2018. AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

Without school, a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya refugee children face uncertain future

An estimated 500,000 Rohingya children, refugees from Myanmar, are growing up in Bangladesh in overcrowded camps with no access to formal education.

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