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Refugee and asylum seeking students in higher education in Australia

According to the latest figures released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, 2016), there are currently more than 65.6 million people forcibly displaced globally.

Australia is currently home for a small number of those 65.6 million. This figure includes approximately 3400 young people, aged between 16-25, who would typically be studying or starting to think about their careers. However, refugee and asylum-seeking young people on these visas are categorised as international students in higher education. This means they’re required to pay full international tuition fees, which for the vast majority are unaffordable.

In recognition of this policy problem, 23 universities in Australia, including Monash, have offered a limited number of fee waivers and/or financial bursaries to about 100 students Australia-wide. Click here for more information

Refugees need support to continue their careers here’s how it can be done

Many refugees expect their new country not only to provide safety and security: they also want the opportunity to start a new life. However, many are unable to use the skills and knowledge they have brought with them and gain work equal to their experience.

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Stop Our Crimes Against Humanity

THE AGE’ Editorial, Tuesday October 16, 2018:

“Boats are not illegal. Seeking asylum is a human right. Ending mandatory offshore detention is not tantamount to throwing open our borders. Methodical processing must be established in our region. That is how Australia can show real leadership, and how our money should be spent”.  Click here to read the article

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