Social policies and refugee resettlement: Iraqis in Australia


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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)191-215
    Number of pages25
    JournalCritical Social Policy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    JOHNSTON, V., VASEY, K., & MARKOVIC, M. (2009). Social policies and refugee resettlement: Iraqis in Australia. Critical Social Policy, 29(2), 191-215.