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Social policies and refugee resettlement: Iraqis in Australia

Johnston, Vanessa, Vasey, Katie and Markovic, Milica (2009). Social policies and refugee resettlement: Iraqis in Australia. Critical Social Policy,29(2):191-215.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 10488xPUB8
Title Social policies and refugee resettlement: Iraqis in Australia
Author Johnston, Vanessa
Vasey, Katie
Markovic, Milica
Journal Name Critical Social Policy
Publication Date 2009
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0261-0183   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 191
End Page 215
Total Pages 25
Place of Publication UK
Publisher Sage Publications
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In this paper, we analyse national social policies that mediate the experiences of Iraqi refugees in Australia. Drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews conducted with this population in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria in Australia, and a small town in country Victoria, we delineate how social policies can lead to visible (formal) and invisible (informal) exclusion of refugees. We use two Australian policies; temporary protection and regional resettlement of refugees, to demonstrate how official Australian government policies may negatively affect the integration experience of these new arrivals. Additionally, such policies have unintended consequences for support networks between refugees on different visa categories, and for social relationships between refugees and the broader Australian community.
Keywords asylum seekers
forced migrants
social exclusion
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