Many Australians are deeply concerned about the well-being of refugees living in Australia on 3-year Temporary Protection Visas (TPV) or 5-year Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV). These visas are not permanent protection visas.
Temporary visas lock vulnerable refugees into a never-ending cycle of extreme distress and trauma, unable to reunite with their families, unable to build a permanent future in Australia, and always fearing that they may be returned to the danger from which they fled. UNHCR has described these conditions as ‘punitive’ and noted their damaging effect on refugees’ mental health.
The Labor Government's refugee policy includes transitioning refugees on SHEVs and TPVs to permanent visas.
This needs to happen quickly as any delay is daily increasing their trauma, with many refugees at or near breaking point after 10 years of waiting for permanency and reunion with loved ones.
We NEED the Australian community to push for permanent visas now for all refugees in Australia.
Actions you can take:
1. Increase your knowledge about this issue by downloading the:
'Legacy Caseload' fact sheet
2. Contact Labor or Crossbencher MPs by email about the urgent need to speed up permanency and family reunion for TPV, SHEV and BVE holders. Use this online link. https://wanof.good.do/permanencyforrefugeesontemporaryvisas/wanof-email-mp/
3. Write a letter to/ phone/ visit/ your local Labor MP and Labor State Senators calling for urgent transition to Permanent Visas for all refugees living in Australia and an amnesty for those in the 'Legacy Caseload' who are in an Appeals process.
For a list of all Federal politicians, go to:
4. 'We All Need Our Families Campaign' -please share the campaign's social media posts - details can be found here:
We All Need Our Families page
5. The Kaldor Centre’s Policy Brief 13 ‘Temporary Protection Visa in Australia: A reform proposal’ provides concrete recommendations about how to move refugees on SHEVs and TPVs to permanent visas using existing powers under the Migration Act 1958 and minor amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994.
Read the Report here:
6. There are sound economic arguments for granting permanency and family reunion to all refugees who are on temporary protection visas in Australia. This needs to be brought to the attention of Coalition politicians by all of us.
Read this Report:
Supporting economic growth in uncertain times. Permanent pathways for Temporary Protection visa and Safe Haven Enterprise visa holders.
Transitioning to permanent residency will deliver long-term economic returns on investment by enabling refugees to upgrade their skills, sustain and grow their own businesses, employ other workers, and integrate into their local communities.
The vast majority of refugees on SHEVs and TPVs have been employed and paying taxes for years in Australia; some have their own businesses. Many have years of sought-after work experience as chefs, personal carers, construction workers, carpenters, builders and plumbers. Occupational data indicates that many current SHEV and TPV holders have experience in areas where there will be growing labour demand in the coming years.
7. 'TEMPORARY' - view a web podcast by the Kaldor Centre that superbly explains in words, audio, music and art, the stories of people trapped in an endless loop of legal limbo. Meet the ‘legacy caseload’ and the system that keeps them in perpetual uncertainty.