Labor to allow 19,000 refugees to stay permanently in Australia from early 2023

Paul Karp
Tue 20 Dec 2022 18.42 AEDT

The Albanese government will, in early 2023, allow 19,000 refugees to stay permanently in Australia, granting them rights to social security and reunion with family members.

The decision affects people who hold temporary protection visas (TPVs) and safe haven enterprise visas (SHEVs) who arrived to Australia by boat before 2014, having since spent at least a decade in limbo.

Despite Labor’s plan to abolish TPVs, advocates including the Refugee Council of Australia and independent MP, Kylea Tink, have expressed concern no decision has been made about a further 12,000 people in the “legacy caseload” who remain on bridging visas.

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