Disabled people not welcome in Australia

I recently applauded the US for lifting its ban on people with HIV travelling to the States. But for every gain, there are plenty of examples of discriminatory, backward and short-sighted thinking. Take this from Australia:

Under the Migration Act, people with impairments have their disability taken into consideration in meeting the health criteria as a condition of entry. The Disability Discrimination Act is suspended for the purposes of the Migration Act. As a result, disabled people are automatically excluded from consideration.

Nice. It’s pleasing the author of the article, Alecia Simmonds, notes this shameful policy for what it is: an ‘arcane’ approach. (via FutureGov)

(Related aside: I wonder if there is a study anywhere looking at the impact of migration policies on disabled people? Get in touch if you know of anything.)


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