Asylum seeker/refugee respondents noted that their current level of financial support was not enough for the basic necessities of life e.g. the basic cost of living, housing and medical treatment. Of particular concern is that most asylum seekers with bridging visas receive inadequate or no income support payment and have no rights to work in the community. This will prevent them from making positive contributions to the society.
Two main themes were evident in the ESIS 2014 and are supported by comments made by participants:
- The impact of limited income security (asylum seekers are eligible for 89% of Newstart Allowance and have no work rights due to current visa restrictions).
- Lack of opportunities and ability to integrate into the community due to poor community networks, poor English language skills and lack of resources.