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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.
A 2012 photograph of the Sunrise Church of Christ in Buffalo’s East Side. The building has since been demolished. AP Photo/David Duprey

A new solution for America’s empty churches: A change of faith

In up-and-coming neighborhoods, old churches are often converted to apartments or offices. But what about the vacant or underused churches in areas that aren't attractive to developers?
“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.
The creation of the Home Affairs department means that complex and sometimes competing security and law enforcement priorities now have a strategic policy home. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Yes, Peter Dutton has a lot of power, but a strong Home Affairs is actually a good thing for Australia

Similar concerns were raised 40 years ago when the Department of Defence was formed, but the decision to merge several agencies is now held up for its strategic vision.
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.
Friendliness to newcomers is not translating into friendship in schools, finds one study. Here, a youth receives her Certificate of Citizenship from Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Citizenship Judge Marie Senecal-Tremblay on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 17, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Newcomers and Canadian high school students are friendly, but not friends

How to support students from diverse backgrounds to appreciate the inherent value of engaging one another in close friendships remains a question for educators.
A Syrian family loads their belongings as they evacuate an informal refugee camp in Deir Al-Ahmar, east Lebanon, June 9, 2019. AP/Hussein Malla

Are Syrian refugees a danger to the West?

Will Syrian religious extremists migrate to the West as refugees in need – and then do harm? A team of researchers surveyed Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey to find out the answer.

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