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Response to Draft 1 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) 

MYAN has recently released a response to Draft 1 of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and has endorsed a position paper from the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action - Recommendations on youth in the Global Compact on Refugees

Both papers call for recognition of the particular rights, needs and capabilities of young people to be better reflected in the GCR. This includes commitments to facilitating their meaningful engagement in solutions and to youth-specific policy and programming. Following the  New York Declaration in 2016, the drafting of the GCR is currently underway, with a series of consultations occurring throughout 2018. The final GCR will be released at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018. Read more about the GCR here.

 

MYAN submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018

MYAN Australia made a submission to the Senate Affairs Legisaltion Committee for the Social Services Legislation Committee for the Social Services Amendment (Encouraging Self-sufficiency for Newly Arrived Migrants) Bill 2018 recommending the Committee to not pass the Bill, and review the Bill with consideration of its potential damaging impacts on young people with particular vulnerabilities, particularly those from refugee or refugee-like backgrounds who may arrive in Australia with non-humanitarian visas. MYAN further recommended exempting vulnerable young people from any waiting periods for accessing social security benefits, and providing support for young people arriving in Australia with Orphan visas (subclass 117) and remaining relative visa (subclass 115) under the family stream. 


Australian Migration Programme

MYAN made a submission to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on Australia's Migration Programme in response to DHA's discussion paper ‘Managing Australia’s Migrant Intake’. MYAN’s submission focuses on the need to ensure enough spaces for young people in planning Australia’s migrant intake, adequate support structures in Australia for young people from refugee-like backgrounds, and to utilise and simplify the Migration Programme to ensure family reunification for humanitarian arrivals.


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MYAN short film series trailer

MYAN’s short film series was launched at the MYAN conference in November 2017. The short films capture young people’s stories and experiences of settling in Australia. Produced in partnership with Dr David Corlett, acclaimed filmmaker and host of SBS' Go Back To Where You Came From, the  9 films featureyoung people from refugee and migrant backgrounds talking about leaving their country, arriving in Australia, what helped them settle in Australia, belonging, identity and aspirations for the future. These films are part of MYAN’s resources supporting the National Youth Settlement Framework

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Bright Futures Report

MYAN and VicHealth recently commissioned The Bright Futures: Spotlight on the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds report by CSIRO's Data 61. The report looks at how emerging global trends impact young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Read the report here and its key points here

 


 
 

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