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Migrants miss out as family visas dumped

Migrants who hoped to bring their family members to Australia under certain visas are out of luck, with the Immigration Department summarily repealing certain sub-classes.

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457s and temporary migration: where the pressure points are

Australia’s temporary visa program is generally operating well, but new data shows where problems are emerging, writes immigration expert Henry Sherrell at Inside Story.

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Saville’s Shout: rational refugee policy … food for thought …

Labor MP Andrew Leigh has some sensible things to say about the immigration debate. Plus why the Western diet is killing the world.

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Stop the people smugglers

Crikey readers talk climate denialism, The Australian’s true purpose and who should set Australia’s immigration policy.

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Memo to Scott Morrison: don’t deport gay man to Pakistan

The Greens have joined in a last-ditch bid to stop a gay man being deported to Pakistan. Ali Choudhry could be forced to leave his Brisbane-based partner as early as tomorrow.

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Tips and rumours

IT wobbles at DIAC … some Coalition types dumping Mirabella in Indi? … who is Barnaby Joyce anyway? …

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The true cost of migrants

Crikey readers talk replacing a governor-general, teachers’ pay and Australia’s population.

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Dirty little secret’s out

Crikey readers weigh in on the link between Australia’s carbon emissions and our immigration policy.

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Why temporary migration is a permanent thing

There is a debate to be had about 457 visas, Peter Mares from Swinburne’s Institute for Social Research writes at Inside Story. But it’s not the one we’ve been having in Canberra.

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Facts deported: the real figures behind the 457 visa debate

Migration is complex, but journalists must get the basic facts right, says Migration Council Australia worker and former Immigration Department policy officer Henry Sherrell. The 457 visa debate has to start with the truth.

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It’s just not cricket: can sports stars stop the boats?

TV spots featuring cricketers Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga are not likely to prevent illegal immigration from Sri Lanka, writes freelance journalist Bhakthi Puvanenthiran.

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Shades of White Australia in immigration policy’s language rules

Does Australia’s migration program still contain a racist element? asks Albert Yu, a South Korean immigrant who is a permanent resident and works for a Melbourne law firm.

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The benefits of diversity, cultural and intellectual

With the Gillard government being consistently outgunned and just plain monstered in public debate, it has more cause than ever to regret the departure of former finance minister Lindsay Tanner.

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Abbott wants more migrants, but not in boats

In terms of Australia’s actual needs, the emphasis on skilled migration is misguided. Australia is a First World country; in the long run if we have labour shortages they will be mostly for the unskilled.

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Malaysia may not be a solution, but regional negotiation is

Regardless of the Malaysia Solution, there is a significant argument for engaging with transit countries in our region that bear the burden of hosting far more asylum seekers than Australia does, writes immigration adviser Caz Coleman.

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Tony Nahal deserves to stay — whatever the tabloids say

Antoun (Tony) Nahal, his wife, mother-in-law and six-year-old daughter face deportation to Egypt as early as this week — despite the fact that daughter Rita was born here and the others have lived in Australia since 2004.

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Our shrinking asylum seeker problem

While Australia’s asylum seeker numbers fall, Labor is ensuring it will always lose the debate by remaining wedded to mandatory detention.

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Why it’s not safe to go home: one reluctant Tamil’s story

In July the Australian government announced that, with the resumption of its processing of Tamil asylum applications, many would face deportation in line with its view that conditions had improved in Sri Lanka, writes freelance journalist Catherine Wilson.

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Another immigration debate

Over the ocean, another nation of immigrants is having a conversation about … immigration.

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Is Abbott’s immigration target a threat to students?

Tony Abbott has won headlines for his embrace of a net overseas migration target, but real-world consequences are likely to linger much longer for marginal groups such as the international student community, demographers say.

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Abbott tries to make ‘Little Australia’ his own

Tony Abbott announced his immigration policy over the weekend, promising to dramatically reduce net overseas migration during his first term. This is misguided policy designed to seize the smaller Australia position from Julia Gillard, writes Paul Kelly.

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Flint: How will a Rudd government handle immigration?

Immigration is one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. If it is administered badly, it can cause irreversible and serious damage to a nation. But this crucial question is being largely ignored, writes David Flint.

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I is for incompetence: Andrews in a muddle again

Kevin Andrews’ comments in today’s Age about the unavoidably long delay in processing eight Burmese asylum seekers on Nauru won’t help to dispel the cries of incompetency that continue to dog the Immigration Minister, writes Sophie Black.

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