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Asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E : community sector’s response to detrimental policies

McNevin, Anne & Correa-Velez, Ignacio (2006) Asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E : community sector’s response to detrimental policies. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 41(1), pp. 125-139.

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Abstract

In 1997, the Australian government introduced regulations restricting work rights, income and Medicare access to asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E (BVE). These visa conditions have resulted in unacceptable hardship for asylum seekers. In response, a variety of community-based agencies have been established across Australia. This study documents and collates the experiences of some of these agencies working in Victoria. These organizations maintain a high degree of inter-agency communication and liaison, have an extensive community support network by way of volunteer work and financial assistance from philanthropic organizations and the public, and have developed successful alternative models of care for asylum seekers. However, many of the agencies have been unprepared and under-resourced for the specific legal, cultural, and health concerns common to asylum seekers on BVE. A discussion of the issues faced by the community sector in the current asylum seeker/refugee political context is presented

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ID Code: 55198
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Asylum seekers, Refugee policy, Community sector
ISSN: 0157-6321
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > DEMOGRAPHY (160300) > Migration (160303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2012 08:09
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2013 13:22

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