The Commission published its inaugural Snapshot Report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights in October 2013. The intent of the Report was to provide parliamentarians, key commentators and the community with a clear understanding of the human rights issues that arise from Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. This new edition of the Snapshot Report is updated to reflect on the significant developments in law and policy over the past three years.
Social Policy Section
03-03-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.
The reporting period is from 1 February 2017 to 28 February 2017.
During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.
No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres (RPCs).
Australia’s commitment to resettle an additional 12,000 people displaced by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq has been met with 12,000 visas now issued to Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
More than 10,000 of the refugees have already started to make a new home in Australia with the remainder to arrive in Australia in coming months.
Priority for the additional places was given to people assessed as the most vulnerable – persecuted minorities, women, children and families with the least prospect of ever returning safely to their homes.
The Australian Government is extending its assistance to children in Myanmar, helping them to attend and stay in school and receive a better quality education.
Australia will provide an additional $71.5 million over four years (2017-2020) to assist Myanmar address barriers that prevent children from getting the education opportunities they deserve.
Of this funding, $51.5 million will support the Myanmar Government’s Decentralizing Funding to Schools Project.