Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Australia's hidden homeless: community-based approaches to asylum seeker homelessness

The complex immigration status of asylum seekers applying for protection, combined with having to compete with Australian residents for government-funded housing, can result in multiple barriers to secure housing for refugees.
The majority of asylum seekers in Australia live lawfully in the community on bridging visas while they await resolution of their asylum claims. More than half of these asylum seekers have no access to a government-funded financial safety net or a sustained independent income. As this research demonstrates, many experience homelessness as a result. (Text adapted from AustralianPolicyOnline). Read the full report here

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