Australia’s Peter Dutton’s War on Fake Refugees Creates Enormous Stir

May 29th, 2017|Australia|

by: Valerie Johnston An October 1, 2017 deadline for more than seven thousand asylum seekers in Australia has been described by the executive director of the country's Refugee Legal, David Manne, as "arbitrary, unnecessary and unfair." Announced on Sunday, May 21, 2017 by immigration minister Peter Dutton, this "immovable" deadline applies to asylum seekers in [...]

Australia’s Immigration Policy Gets an American Makeover

May 13th, 2017|Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston In the last week of April, Prime Minister Turnbull demolished the skilled-worker visa program, and implemented a tough system that requires immigrants and potential asylum seekers to prove that they meet higher English language standards, and limits their stay drastically – from lifelong stays to only four years on a visa. This [...]

Australia First? New Immigration Policies Crack Down on Skilled Workers

April 28th, 2017|Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston Last week, Australia’s government unveiled an overhaul to the way the country will assess and accept foreign immigrants. Previously considered one of the most immigrant-friendly countries in the world, the new measures could mean that Australia is no longer a prospective home for many skilled workers around the world. The primary reason [...]

Family-based Immigration More Prevalent in U.S. compared to Canada and Australia

April 18th, 2017|USA, Canada, Australia|

By: Vivian Balkaron OECD data shows that the US admits around four times the number of immigrants than Australia and Canada, though because this number represents a smaller percentage of the overall population (0.3% to Australia and Canada’s 1.1% and 0.7% respectively) the US is ultimately more ‘closed’ to immigration. Figures show that immigration policy [...]

Millionaires Flock Down Under

April 5th, 2017|Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston These days, millionaires are leaving behind Malibu, Beverly Hills, and Hawaii, in favour of the shores of Australia. A study by a South African research group found that Australia saw 11,000 millionaire migrants made their way to Australia in 2016, of the 82,000 total that immigrated to a new country. This put Australia [...]

Do Australian Refugee Deals Constitute a Quid Pro Quo?

March 25th, 2017|Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston In February of 2017, the Australian immigration minister Peter Dutton met with U.S. VP Pence to discuss what Dutton described as “two separate deals”. However, Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop disagreed, at first suggesting that the two deals were linked in a way that was clearly a “quid pro quo”, or person-for-person trade. [...]

Refugee Deal between Australia and U.S. May Carry On

March 12th, 2017|USA, Australia|

By: Valerie Johnston In late 2016, Australia cut a deal with former U.S. President Barak Obama that included the U.S. resettling 1,250 refugees from Australian-run camps in Nauru and Manus Island. In exchange, Australia was set to welcome refugees from various parts of South America. However, after the election of current President Trump, the deal [...]