Australia’s “social time bomb”

The United Nations Refugee Agency’s most senior protection official, Volker Turk, recently described Australia’s refugee crisis as a “social time bomb,” due to our country’s failure to process 30,000 asylum seekers currently living in the country on Bridging VISA’s.

In the last two years, 10 asylum seekers have taken their own lives whilst on bridging VISA’s – so is the uncertainty around these visas a death sentence for some? And are these types of visas stopping refugees from moving on and rebuilding their lives?

We spoke with Dr Graham Thom, refugee coordinator at Amnesty International Australia.


Producer: Scott Johnston

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