Changes to what constitutes a ‘character concern’ - and the consequences for people who have had their visas cancelled under character grounds – quietly passed in February when the Australian parliament resumed for two weeks with attention focussed on energy policy and party vote-preference deals in the Western Australia.
As part of the Kaldor Centre’s series of Legislative Briefs, Khanh Hoang explains The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017 (Cth). He outlines key issues including: procedural fairness concerns; the potential for double punishment; lack of disclosure of information to the visa holder; and ability to seek judicial review.
In-country processing and orderly departure programmes
In-country processing, sometimes known as ‘orderly departure’, enables people in refugee-like situations - but who have not yet fled their homes - to be processed within their countries of origin and then resettled abroad. This project examines in-country programs run by the United States, Canada and Australia over the last three decades.
Project director: Dr Claire Higgins
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