The Right to Work for All Asylum-Seekers: Why Depriving Asylum-Seekers of Work Rights is Australia’s Loss

By Gwilym Croucher and Sophie Dutertre.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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While there has been considerable research that focuses on the impact of immigration on destination countries, there is little research specifically that focused on Australia. Certain categories of asylum seekers who enter Australia are disallowed the right to work during the application process (primarily those on Bridging Visa E), before they are either ultimately granted asylum or forced to leave the country. Many of these asylum seekers possess considerable skills and experience. The current skills shortage in Australia begs the question of whether there are valuable skills being wasted. This paper will examine the potential economic impact of granting all asylum seekers the right to work in a prosperous economy such as Australia.

Keywords: Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, Employment, Immigration

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.241-248. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 515.419KB).

Gwilym Croucher

Doctoral Candidate, School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gwilym is a doctoral candidate in the School of Political Science, Criminology and Sociology at the University of Melbourne.

Sophie Dutertre

Coordinator, Employment Program, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Sophie Dutertre has worked in project and program management in Australia and overseas for the past ten years, including projects in the Pacific region, South Africa and Thailand. Her areas of experience are cross-cultural communication on sensitive issues, refugees and HIV/AIDS. She holds a Bachelor of Law and Journalism degree, and has recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. She has been working at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for three years, where she established the Employment Program for refugees on temporary visas (TPV) and asylum seekers - the largest program of its kind in Australia. She is a dual French & Australian citizen.

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