The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre has compiled the following document outlining agencies providing material aid (food, housing needs) and services (counselling, advice) to refugees, detainees and asylum seekers on Bridging Visas in the community.
USE OF TEMPORARY HUMANITARIAN CONCERN VISAS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO TEMPORARY PROTECTION VISAS
The Australian Government has begun to grant Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas (subclass 786) to refugees who entered Australia by boat to seek asylum. This new policy follows the Senate’s decision in December to disallow the regulation which reintroduced Temporary Protection Visa (subclass 785).
The attached document from the Refugee Council of Australia gives background on this policy and outlines what is currently known about the provisions which will apply to refugees given Temporary Humanitarian Concern visas.
In October, we at the Refugee Council of Australia outlined our concerns about the impacts of temporary protection on refugees. We see these new arrangements as having the same impacts on people found by the Australian Government to be in need of protection from persecution.
From the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:
Information Regarding Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visas (THCV) (786) and Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) Visa (HSTV) (449)
There have been important changes to the visa process for asylum seekers. The Abbott Government has recently announced the use of Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visas (THCV), in an attempt to deny refugees their legal right to a permanent Protection Visa (866 XA Visa)… Read the full document at the ASRC website.
The Refugee Advice & Casework Service has provided the following fact sheets:
Is Australia responsible for asylum seekers detained on Manus Island? Questions about Australia’s legal responsibility to asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have arisen after one asylum seeker was killed and others were critically injured during a violent overnight confrontation in the detention centre on February 17. The centre, in Papua New Guinea, is home to over 1,300 asylum seekers who were intercepted by Australian authorities while trying to reach Australian shores by boat. In an interview with ABC radio on February 19, the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, was asked by host Fran Kelly whether the people in the detention centre were Australia’s responsibility.
Men, women and children suffering from harsh physical conditions and legal shortcomings at Pacific Island asylum centres: UNHCR reports
In two reports released today, the UN Refugee Agency finds that asylum-seekers who had been transferred from Australia to processing centres at Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) were living in arbitrary detention in conditions that do not meet international standards of treatment.
Australia21 presents Refugees and asylum seekers: Finding a better way. Contributions by notable Australians. Editors: Bob Douglas and Jo Wodak.
The essays in this volume are in response to Australia21’s invitation to people who have been actively engaged in various aspects of asylum-seeker policy to take a fresh look at the current dilemma in its global, regional as well as national contexts, and suggest practical ways in which the Australian community might respond more humanely, more sustainably and more responsibly to it. Download the full document.