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 2012, Australia re-opened offshore processing centres for asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Since that time, asylum seekers have been transferred to these countries and have experienced delays, disruptions and deficiencies in the processing of their claims for protection. While some recognized refugees have been allowed to settle temporarily in these countries, a durable solution is yet to be found.
This project tracks the history of the offshore detention and processing of asylum seekers since 2012, and its implications under international law. In particular, the project examines legal issues relating to arbitrary detention, human rights, refugee status determination procedures in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, and the search for durable solutions.
Project director: Madeline Gleeson
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