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Erin Bromfield

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: Victoria Community > Gender Equality
Social Welfare > Immigrants And Refugees
To study approaches to assessing gender-based claims for refugee status put forward by women - Belgium, USA, Indonesia
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This report concludes that supporting a pool of professionally trained and well-resourced refugee advocates, lawyers and decision makers and an ongoing commitment to a gender-sensitive approach to assessing women’s asylum applications will ultimately help ensure that those women who are in fact eligible for refugee status do not fall through cracks in the system. Moreover, such an approach will ensure that regardless of whether they are deemed eligible in the end female asylum seekers are less likely to be retraumatised by the formal refugee application process.

A series of 28 recommendations has been developed around themes of case allocation, staff training and resourcing, information provision, data collection, working with interpreters, conducting appropriate interviews and the physical interview environment including access to child care.

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