Pathways To Citizenship – Side Session

Pathways to Citizenship – Side Session

Tuesday 19 February - Conference Day One will be wrapping up with a side session entitled "Pathways to Citizenship". The session will explore the significance of citizenship for refugees and the legal and practical barriers to attaining citizenship. The panel will include speakers from Adelaide University, Beena Rezaae Legal & Migration (SA), Carina Ford Immigration Lawyers (NSW) and UNSW. The  will aim to outline the role of citizenship as a pathway to full membership and integration in the Australian community.…

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A Platform For Change

A Platform for Change

The theme for this year’s conference is the refugee sector’s ‘Platform for Change’ - our call for five key changes to Australian refugee policy. This is what we want to see in Australia, and this is what we will work together to achieve. End offshore processing What we want:The people we have sent to Nauru and Manus Island should be brought to Australia immediately. We should end our policies of deterrence and treat people as required by the Refugee Convention.…

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Whats On This Conference Week?

Whats On this Conference Week?

As well as two action-packed days for the Refugee Alternatives Conference, there are a number of additional events and activities taking place. From the Pre Conference Academic Forum brought to you by our co-hosts at MARRNet, to the SAANA and WAGE Peace exhibitions. February is also the month of the year when Adelaide opens up to the wonderful Adelaide Fringe Festival. Check out some of the key dates and activities and make sure you don’t miss out on everything Conference…

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Welcome Manal Younus!

Welcome Manal Younus!

We are thrilled to have Manal Younus, accomplished Australian-based storyteller from Eritrea, joining us for the Refugee Alternatives Conference 2019! Throughout her writing, speaking and poetry, Manal explores issues of youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism, spurred on by her belief in the power of language and storytelling, which she understands as being "the very fabric of our existence." Manal will be joining us on day one of the conference, discussing 'Refugee…

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Registrations Now Open

Registrations Now Open

We are delighted to announce that Refugee Alternatives 2019 will be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 19 - 20 February 2019. This is an incredible opportunity to build skills, to network with others working for justice for refugees and people seeking asylum, and to collaborate on alternatives to refugee and asylum seeker affairs in Australia. Building on the success of Refugee Alternatives 2017 (Sydney) and 2018 (Melbourne), the 2019 conference will be jointly hosted by the Refugee…

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Conference Report 2018

Conference Report 2018

The Refugee Council of Australia and Melbourne Social Equity Institute are proud to share the outcomes of the second annual conference Refugee Alternatives: Improving policy, practice and public support, held 13-14 February 2018. The two-day conference, hosted at the University of Melbourne, brought together a broad range of expertise from across the country and globally to cover topics of displacement, protection, cooperation, wellbeing, resilience, education, advocacy, and unity. The conference’s goal of seeking alternatives was expressed through 15 diverse sessions on…

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Team #AltRefugee 2018!

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to an extraordinary group of individuals who graciously gave their time and energy to help make Refugee Alternatives 2018 happen. Our extraordinary volunteer team were onsite each conference day from 7am to register, support, direct, transcribe, usher and support the 450 attendees at the Conference. We could not have done it without you!

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Australia In The Context Of Global Refugee Policy

Australia in the Context of Global Refugee Policy

We are delighted that Erika Feller will be the Moderator for this key session. From 2005 to April 2013 Ms Feller held the post of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection). In July 2014 she took up a three year appointment as Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne and is currently a Professorial Fellow with its School of Government: https://refugeealternatives.org.au/erika-feller/

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