New migration laws in Australia to allow refugees to live for few years

New migration laws in Australia to allow refugees to live for few years

New migration laws in Australia to allow refugees to live for few years

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Dec, 2014 | 4:59 pm

The Australian senate has approved changes to migration laws that include reintroducing controversial temporary visas for refugees.

According to international media, the bill will allow refugees to live and work in Australia for three to five years.

The passage of the migration and maritime powers legislation amendment (resolving the asylum legacy caseload) bill 2014 has given the Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, unprecedented, un-challengeable, and secret powers to control the lives of asylum seekers.

Under the new law, thousands of the refugees – including hundreds of children – will be able to leave the detention centres and live for at least three years in Australia. They will have work rights and could eventually apply for skilled or other migrant visas.

However, if they do not secure a permanent visa they could be deported to their country of origin.

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