Rethinking resettlement and family reunion in Australia

Sahar Okhovat, Asher Hirsch, Khanh Hoang, Rebecca Dowd

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Family reunion remains a significant issue for refugee communities in Australia. Family separation causes significant psychological, social and economic harm to displaced communities. Instead of supporting the reunion of refugee families, the current law and policies make it increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for refugees to bring their family members to Australia. This article outlines the barriers to family reunion for refugees under Australian law and policy and addresses how such policies could be reformed to better facilitate reunification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Australian migration and refugee law
  • Family reunion
  • refugee and humanitarian programme

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