Tag Archives: Arja Keski-Nummi

ARJA KESKI-NUMMI. Our Devil’s Island

  The Guardian recently ran a story regarding its Freedom Of Information request on boat turn backs, the subsequent denial of material, and its appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) to review the FOI decision. At some point during … Continue reading

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ARJA KESKI-NUMMI. Peter Dutton should know better – rather than demonise refugees we should stand tall and proud of what we have achieved over the past 70 years.

The problem with refugees and asylum seekers is that they are not us – so it is OK to demonise them. Dutton is not dog whistling when he puts people into boxes describing them as “these people”, asserts that they … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. Manus – “The Worst Angels of Our Nature” 

The PNG Supreme Court decision has again thrown into stark relief the bankrupt nature of Australia’s asylum policy and the disingenuous way that both sides use trite slogans such as “ saving lives” and not “starting up the people smuggling … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi, John Menadue. Part 3: Settlement Policy and Services.

This is a repost from 27/5/2015. 3.1 Overview The migration process starts in earnest after a visa is given to a migrant. Its success or otherwise is determined after the person arrives in Australia and becomes part of the workforce … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 2. Refugee Policy

A repost from 26/05/15 Part 2: Refugee Policy  2.1 Overview The current and future global environment for irregular migration is extremely challenging. Many more people are on the move globally to gain protection from persecution, security from conflict or greater … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 1: Immigration Policy and Administration.

This article and the two following articles were part of a policy series that was posted in May/June last year and subsequently published in book form ‘Fairness, Opportunity and Security’. This is a repost from 25/5/2015. Overview This paper sets … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi   Andaman Disaster – Regional Cooperation on Refugees

Too often in Australia we go cap in hand to the region when we have an asylum seeker or refugee problem. When our problems pass, we lose interest in regional cooperation. No wonder the region often see us as fair-weather … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi and Libby Lloyd. Resettling Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: A Program for Government-Community Action

Australia has one of the best refugee resettlement systems in the world. So said United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres some years back. We have achieved this reputation not by good luck but because successive Australian governments have … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Refugees, the community and civil society

It has been thrilling to see the warm response of many people, and particularly the Germans, to refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria and other countries. Over ten million people have been forced to flee their homes in Syria. Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi and Josef Szwarc. Syrian/Iraqi Refugees: Time for a Bi-partisan and Community Response

Harrowing images and reports in our daily media give a human face to the grim words of the UN refugee agency: the number of men, women and children forcibly displaced by persecution, war and human rights violations is the largest … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. “Half a Step Forward” – ALP Policy on Refugees and Asylum

  There is more to the ALP policy on refugees and asylum than what we heard from the media, focused as it is on factional battles and the language of “back- flips” on contestable pieces of public policy such as … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi, John Menadue. Part 3: Settlement Policy and Services.

Fairness, Opportunity and Security. Policy series edited by Michael Keating and JohnMenadue.  3.1 Overview The migration process starts in earnest after a visa is given to a migrant. Its success or otherwise is determined after the person arrives in Australia … Continue reading

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Peter Hughes, Arja Keski-Nummi and John Menadue. Part 2. Refugee Policy.

Policy Series   Part 2: Refugee Policy  2.1 Overview The current and future global environment for irregular migration is extremely challenging. Many more people are on the move globally to gain protection from persecution, security from conflict or greater economic … Continue reading

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Arja Keski-Nummi. Offshore Processing in Cambodia – Really?

The idea of Cambodia as a so-called offshore processing centre is not new. For a nanosecond I recalled the former government contemplated Cambodia as a likely candidate for an offshore processing centre. Thankfully saner heads prevailed, although to their discredit … Continue reading

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Where ignorance is bliss … (’tis foolish to be wise) Guest blogger Arja Keski-Nummi

  The Abbott government appears to have signaled that they do not believe in  nation building.   They have created a Department of Immigration and Border Protection and moved the vital settlement support services from this portfolio to be lost … Continue reading

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