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Refugee, citizenship and immigration

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that Australia has a responsibility to facilitate the right to asylum of individuals with a well-founded fear of persecution or similarly serious threats to their life or safety.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • ending mandatory detention of asylum seekers, in accordance with Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  • full and equal respect for the human rights of asylum seekers on arrival in Australia, regardless of their method of travel;
  • increased accountability and availability of registered migration agents to assist asylum seekers with protection visa applications;
  • support for family reunification for protection visa holders, irrespective of their mode of arrival to Australia;
  • Ratification of and adherence to relevant human rights mechanisms;
  • less restrictive immigration policies, including recognition of the exigency of relocation due to climate change
  • Removal of current disability-related discrimination that occurs through the Migration Act 1958.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

So you want to be a migration agent?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Australia’s migration laws are complex, and community legal centres are often approached to provide assistance. > more

Helping clients from New Zealand

Thursday, June 15, 2017
An estimated 600,000 New Zealanders live and work in Australia. > more

Upcoming changes to migration agent regulation

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) regulates the provision of immigration assistance, so unless you’re a registered migration > more

6. Assisting culturally and linguistically diverse clients in domestic violence matters

Monday, July 8, 2019
In this webinar, Rob Lachowicz (RAILS Education Officer, Solicitor and Migration Agent), together with Ingrid Green (IWSS Senior Support Worker) discuss practical tips for assisting culturally diverse clients, domestic violence and the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), and working with interpreters in courts and tribunals.  > more

De-regulation of migration agent lawyers: Opportunities for humanitarian migration law practice

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
The Migration Act 1958 (Cth) regulates the provision of immigration assistance in Australia through the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). > more