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Marina Brizar

Year of Award: 2018 Award State: New South Wales None > Humanitarian Aid
None > Legal
Social Welfare > Immigrants And Refugees
Social Welfare > Human Rights
To foster positive impacts of migration by bridging the gap between humanitarian/ skilled visa pathways - Jordan, UK, Germany, Canada, USA
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Description and Purpose

The purpose of this Churchill Fellowship research was threefold:

1.     Understand the circumstances and conditions of displaced people in first-receiving host countries

2.     Explore immigration and resettlement responses and strategies in countries comparable to Australia

3.     Formulate recommendations to advocate for the introduction and implementation of a labour mobility for displaced populations framework in Australia

The purpose of my research has been fulfilled.  An important development throughout the Fellowship was a reconstruction of the project purposes: initially ‘to foster positive impacts of migration by bridging the gap between humanitarian and skilled visa pathways’, and ultimately ‘to explore labour mobility as a complementary pathway to humanitarian resettlement’.  Not only is the latter more clear and concise, but it is more aligned with the language used by key stakeholders, researchers and policy makers globally.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Based on the experiences of comparable countries, the realities of displacement and key public policy settings, I propound the following recommendations: 

1.     Creation of a new visa program to give effect to labour mobility as a complementary pathway to humanitarian resettlement.  This visa can be considered as a hybrid visa combining key features of the skilled and employment visa programs together with humanitarian visa programs, specifically resettlement and ‘wrap around’ supports.

2.     Revision of government funded resettlement programs to respond to the changing profile of ‘humanitarian entrants’ with skills and employment offers.

3.     Implementation of programs to re-educate and re-think displaced populations within government, the private sector and the broader public to shift discourse of displaced people, from being burden on a host community; to being a benefit to a host community. 

4.     Investment in further research into complementary pathways in the new visa program, including for student scholarship and entrepreneurs.

 


 

Keywords:  Labour mobility, complementary pathways, refugees, displaced people, immigration 

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