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Disrespect at the Hands of the Government

  • Ibolya LosonczEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter examines the third main theme of disrespect—the perceived indifference of the Australian Government to the resettlement outcomes of South Sudanese and other refugee immigrants and its reluctance to revise resettlement policies and programmes and engagement with refugee migrant communities. Resettled refugees in Australia are provided with a range of resettlement programmes aimed at assisting economic and social participation. But there is growing evidence that several of these programmes fail to deliver their stated objectives. The chapter explores the main reasons identified by research participants for this lack of effectiveness. I conclude by uncovering the contradictions between the government’s domestic and international politics on resettlement and argue for the development of a coherent framework which recognises and addresses the relative disadvantage of humanitarian migrants compared with wider Australian society.

Keywords

Cultural awareness Developmental partnership Capacity-building Resettlement policy Australia 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian National UniversityActonAustralia

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