Asylum Seekers

Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes refugees

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Plans to use part of an aged-care facility in an outer Melbourne suburb as temporary housing for refugees have been welcomed by the local community. The Saturday Paper Denham Sadler But that hasn’t stopped anti-immigration protesters descending. In 1987 a species of butterfly thought to be… Melbourne suburb Eltham welcomes… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for sick asylum seeker’s transfer to Australia

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Doctors did not ask for a sick Iranian asylum seeker to be transferred to Australia because they believed the request would be denied, an inquest has heard. ABC Dea Clark Queensland coroner Terry Ryan is investigating the death of Hamid Khazaei, who died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the Manus Island medical clinic. The 24-year-old died of sepsis from… Hamid Khazaei: Doctors did not ask for… Read More »

Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

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This week, Sky News Australia aired a report from Nauru – having been given rare access to the island nation – on the Australia-US deal to resettle refugees detained there and on Manus Island. The Conversation The reporter, Laura Jayes, had visited Nauru in the previous week. Her report contained footage of interactions with some asylum seekers and refugees responding to questions put to them on the resettlement deal. The report included claims the… Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound ... Read More »

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Wins Social Enterprise Award

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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s catering business was one of eight social enterprises honoured at the annual Social Enterprise Awards. Pro Bono Australia Ellie Cooper ASRC Catering took out the award for social enterprise of the year (small) on Wednesday evening. “We were really, really pleased last… Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Wins… Read More »

As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of protest has no end

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History shows that many protest movements are marked by long phases of apparent futility, until something finally changes The Guardian Clive Hamilton What is remarkable about Wednesday’s Parliament House protest against detention of asylum seekers is that there has not been a lot more of it. In the history of protest it was a… As this week’s ‘glue-in’ in parliament shows, the story of… Read More »

Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and call for investigation – as it happened

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Protesters superglue hands to railing in public gallery and chant ‘Where is your moral compass?’ and other slogans in support of refugees and asylum seekers. The Guardian Gabrielle Chan As it happened I have to run so here is the results of… Coalition ministers attack protesters’ ‘disrespect’ and… Read More »

Nauru blocking release of information about asylum seekers, court documents show

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Documents filed by the immigration department urge blocking of freedom of information request The Guardian Calla Wahlquist Nauru is blocking the release of information requested under Australian freedom of information laws relating to refugees and asylum seekers held on the island, according to court documents. Documents filed by the immigration department to… Nauru blocking release of information about… Read More »

Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks increasing violent extremism’

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Leaked government document reveals Department of Social Services concerns new visas that remove social safety net may undermine refugee resettlement The Guardian Paul Karp A secret Coalition plan to create a class of provisional visas with less access to social services may undermine resettlement of refugees, reduce social cohesion and increase the risk of violent extremism, according to a leaked government document. Speaking at question time, Malcolm Turnbull acknowledged the… Coalition’s secret visa plan ‘risks… Read More »

Senators urge end to indefinite detention of people held under mental impairment laws

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Senate committee finds at least 100 people detained without conviction in prisons and psychiatric units The Guardian Helen Davidson A Senate committee has called for nationwide changes to laws and support services to end the practice of indefinite detention of people with cognitive and psychiatric impairment. At least 100 people are detained without… Senators urge end to indefinite detention of… Read More »

‘Turkey is like Germany after 1933’

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More and more Turks are applying for political asylum in Germany. Deutsche Welle Volker Witting They feel threatened and repressed by the Erdogan government, and they fear for their lives. Most applicants are Kurds, like… ‘Turkey is like… Read More »

Asylum seekers who jumped off a sinking boat drowned, WA coroner finds

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The WA coroner has confirmed the drowning deaths of three men who went missing after making a raft to escape a sinking asylum seeker boat. ABC Courtney Bembridge Mohammad Hassan, Mohammad Noor and a man known as Mr Sabibullah were among a group of 16 asylum seekers — mostly from Myanmar — and three Indonesian crew members who left Java in January 2013 to travel to Australia. A coronial inquest earlier this year was… Asylum seekers who jumped off a… Read More »

2016 sets new record for asylum seekers reaching Italy by boat

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Central Mediterranean is once again the main migrant route into Europe, partly due to the chaos of civil war in Libya The Guardian Patrick Kingsley More asylum seekers have now reached Italy by boat in 2016 than in any previous year on record. Nearly 171,000 people have arrived in Italy from… 2016 sets new record for… Read More »

Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from Scott Morrison on boat turnbacks revealed

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Document sought in FoI case purports to authorise possibly unlawful return of asylum seekers to Indonesia The Guardian Christopher Knaus The existence of a “pivotal” letter purporting to show the immigration minister’s authorisation of possibly unlawful asylum seeker turnbacks has been revealed in the closing stages of a long-running freedom of information case. The case began in early 2014 when the then… Existence of ‘pivotal’ letter from… Read More »

Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island needed higher care, paramedic tells inquest

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There was a general consensus among staff working at the medical clinic at the Manus Island detention centre that Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Khazaei needed to be provided with higher care, an inquest into his death has heard. ABC Louisa Rebgetz Mr Khazaei died in Brisbane’s Mater Hospital in August 2014, 13 days after presenting to the medical clinic on Manus Island with a fever and chills. The 24-year-old was flown from… Hamid Khazaei: Iranian asylum seeker on… Read More »

Delay to treatment of Hamid Kehazaei before he died revealed in leaked files

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Exclusive: Ahead of inquest, documents show how Australian immigration department held up transfer of asylum seeker from Manus Island for treatment The Guardian Ben Doherty In the weeks before he contracted an infection inside the Manus Island detention centre that would ultimately lead to his death, asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaeispent his days caring for and cleaning excrement from the body, clothes and bed of a fellow asylum seeker who was in the grip of a severe “mental crisis” but whom ... Read More »

Senior US Republicans criticise ‘secret’ refugee deal with Australia

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Lawmakers demand details of agreement to resettle refugees held in offshore detention centres, asking why Australia ‘refuses to admit these individuals’ The Guardian Helen Davidson Two senior Republicans have written to the Obama administration demanding it release details of the US-Australia refugee deal and accusing it of withholding information from Congress. The two men also raised “concern” about… Senior US Republicans criticise… Read More »