A Place to Call Home

A partnership between the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) have partnered to conduct groundbreaking research into the legal needs, barriers and gaps experienced by stateless refugee children and their families in accessing and acquiring Australian citizenship.

Citizenship is foundational to a child’s sense of identity and belonging, providing them with fundamental rights. For children born in Australia to stateless refugee parents citizenship can offer security and safety; a place to call home and build a future.

Thankfully these children do have a right to apply for citizenship under Australian and International law, but they face significant barriers in navigating this complex process.

With thanks to VMLY&R for producing this incredible video, pro bono

The A Place to Call Home report is co-authored by Katie Robertson, Research Fellow at the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, and Sarah Dale, Centre Director and Principal Solicitor of the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS). View the Report.

The report was launched on Thursday 25 March by Gillian Triggs, Assistant Secretary General and Assistant High Commissioner for the UNHCR. A recording of the event can be viewed below.

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