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  • Monash is pleased to announce that it will provide asylum seeker bursaries for two selected eligible applicants each year. Are you, or someone you know an international student, holder of a Bridging Visa A or E and a commencing or continuing student enrolled or intending to enrol in an on campus undergraduate degree at a Monash Read more
  • Dr Marie Segrave, whose DECRA research is focused on irregular migrant labour, has co-edited, with Professor Nicola Piper, and Rebecca Napier-Moore (GAATW) a Special Issue of Anti-Trafficking Review, focused on forced labour and human trafficking. The issue includes papers that examine human trafficking, forced labour and slavery, as separate, and overlapping issues, drawing on research and analysis from Read more
  • Recent BOb intern, Scott Tang, visiting from Hong Kong University, completed a research project on deportations and removals from Hong Kong. Scott wrote the news story below on his research findings. Hong Kong is a vibrant metropolitan city that is also considered a great tourist destination. It attracts tens of millions people traveling to Hong Kong for Read more
  • Against the intentions of the Australian government to prevent any further evolution of people smuggling networks in Indonesia, responsible for shipping „unwanted“ asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia, anti-people people smuggling campaigns have been impeded by Australia’s draconian asylum policies that have prolonged the stay of asylum seekers and refugees in transit in Indonesia. Against state Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory launched the ‘Count border deaths’ campaign in 2012 in an effort to raise awareness and apply pressure on the Australian Government to count and account for deaths in Australian immigration custody. A central feature of this campaign was to lobby the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to include these deaths in Read more
  • Four years ago the Border Crossing Observatory launched the Australian Border Deaths Database recording all known Australian border deaths from January 2000-present. To date, 1,970 deaths have been recorded including deaths in onshore and offshore immigration detention centres, deaths at sea en route to Australia, deaths on return to country of origin following deportation and Read more

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