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With billions more allocated to immigration detention, another bleak year for refugees

By Claire Higgins, Senior Research Fellow, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW
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Refugees and asylum seekers will take little comfort from the 2021–22 budget. Resettlement places remain capped, while spending on offshore processing, immigration detention and deterrence measures remains high.

For those still held offshore in Papua New Guinea or Nauru, in detention here in Australia, or on temporary visas in our community, the budget compounds the human cost of Australia’s hardline asylum policy.

Cap remains the same on refugee placements


Before COVID-19, Australia’s…


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