Refugee advocates concerned about government welfare removal

Refugees in community detention come from offshore detention centres for urgent medical care. Image by Wikimedia Commons.

Refugees in community detention centres are now expected to find work and new places to live as the federal government has decided to remove their welfare supports, including access public housing.

The department has given them working rights, but they would need to get a job as soon as possible.

Refugees will have access to Medicare, but the rest of the government support will end soon.

Most of these refugees are in Australia in need of medical care, and without any chance of working or studying.

Experts and organisations are concerned that refugees will become more vulnerable in the middle of a pandemic.

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