Asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E: Community sector's response to detrimental policies

McNevin, A and Correa-Velez, I 2006, 'Asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E: Community sector's response to detrimental policies', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 41, no. 1, pp. 125-139.


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Title Asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E: Community sector's response to detrimental policies
Author(s) McNevin, A
Correa-Velez, I
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues
Volume number 41
Issue number 1
Start page 125
End page 139
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Abstract In 1997, the Australian government introduced regulations restricting work rights, income and Medicare access to asylum seekers living in the community on Bridging Visa E (BVE). These visa conditions have resulted in unacceptable hardship for asylum seekers. In response, a variety of community based agencies have been established across Australia. This study documents and collates the experiences of some of these agencies working in Victoria. These organisations maintain a high degree of inter-agency communication and liaison, have an extensive community support network by way of volunteer work and financial assistance from philanthropic organisations and the public, and have developed successful alternative models of care for asylum seekers. However, many of the agencies have been unprepared and under-resourced for the specific legal, cultural, and health concerns common to asylum seekers on BVE. A discussion of the issues faced by the community sector in the current asylum seeker/refugee political context is presented.
Subject Public Policy
ISSN 0157-6321
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