Asylum Seekers

1 in 4 Canadians want Trump-style travel ban, poll suggests

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Majority of Canadians praise the government’s resettlement efforts, but 41% want intake to… Peter Zimonjic CBC News  A “significant segment” of Canadians say Canada’s 2017 refugee target of 40,000 is too high, while one in four Canadians wants the Liberal government to impose its own Trump-style travel… Those are just two of the… 1 in 4… Read More »

George Brandis Says Asylum Seekers Break The Law, But Can’t Name Which One

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‘I’m not going to quote a section.’ Attorney-General George Brandis clashed with barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside on the legality of asylum seekers after he said refugees who come to Australia commit “offences against our migration… Luke Cooper  The Huffington Post Brandis called any refugee who arrives “in the… George Brandis Says… Read More »

Migrants are always the scapegoats. But now they’re taking on Ukip’s lies

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Migrants’ honest and compelling stories of contributing to Britain every single day can win over xenophobes Owen Jones The Guardian Ake Achi doesn’t remember when he started working on his family’s plantation in Ivory Coast. “Since I could… Migrants are always… Read More »

Glimmer of hope for 10,000 refugees left stranded by Australia’s inaction

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A federal court verdict exposed how valid citizenship applications from people who arrived by boat were shunted into a drawer and ignored. Ben Doherty The Guardian Now the immigration department has to say what it is going to do about them. Kyar was overjoyed to the receive the letter, embossed with the coat of arms of Australia and the… Glimmer of hope… Read More »

Hamid Kehazaei was metres from care unit that could have saved him, inquest told

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Doctor who treated Manus asylum seeker said a cascading litany of mistakes led to the Iranian’s death, and if he had been moved just 10 metres away, he could’ve… Ben Doherty The Guardian If asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei had been moved to a better-equipped intensive care unit just 10 metres away from his hospital bed he would have been likely… Hamid Kehazaei was… Read More »

We can stop the boats and also act decently, fairly and transparently

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The only way forward in dealing with Manus Island and Nauru is for bipartisan commitment to keep the boats stopped while settling refugees in… Frank Brennan, Tim Costello, Robert Manne and John Menadue The Guardian Proven refugees who are still Australia’s responsibility have been languishing in camps on Nauru and Manus Island for well over three… The Refugee Council of Australia and… We can stop… Read More »

International Criminal Court told Australia’s detention regime could be a crime against humanity

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Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’ Ben Doherty The Guardian Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a… International Criminal Court… Read More »

Juvenile justice to face scrutiny after Australia ratifies torture treaty

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Attorney general George Brandis announces optional protocol to the convention against torture will finally be ratified Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson and Paul Karp The Guardian Australia has promised to ratify an international treaty that will bring all its detention sites – including juvenile justice centres such as Don Dale and… Juvenile justice to… Read More »

UN alarmed at reports of forced deportations of Manus asylum seekers

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The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm at reports that Papua New Guinea has begun forced deportations from Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus… Michael Koziol, Michael Gordon The Age An attempt to remove two Nepalese asylum seekers from the island was made early on… It is understood one of the… UN alarmed at… Read More »

Dear Minister For Immigration Peter Dutton, And Whoever Else Will Listen

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Stunned by America’s ‘travel bans’, and outraged by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, Olivia Congdon has penned an open letter to Peter Dutton. Olivia Congdon New Matilda RE: Ending the suffering we cause asylum seekers Yesterday, a customer… Dear Minister For… Read More »

America’s loss will be our gain

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It was Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, detained on Manus Island since August 2013, who first alerted me to the story of Mehdi Savari. Arnold Zable The Age Short in stature, 31 years old, in Iran Savari was a stage actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, and the host of a popular… America’s loss will… Read More »

The Australia government is playing Russian roulette with women’s lives

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The case of a pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia on Nauru is sadly representative of a broader risk women face on the island Katie Robertson The Guardian  While much focus this week has been on whether President Trump will honour the covert deal made by prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and… The Australia government… Read More »

Close Manus and Nauru, bring refugees here say 70 organisations

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Coalition of charities, aid groups, unions and thinktanks says refugee deal with US in ‘serious doubt’ and call for bipartisan policy to evacuate… Michael Slezak The Guardian With the US-Australia refugee deal now in doubt, an unprecedented coalition of more than 70 organisations has joined forces to call for immigration camps… Close Manus and… Read More »

On refugees, Trump and Turnbull compete in a race to the bottom

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As the former Australian immigration minister said about Trump’s border plans: ‘Really, the rest of the world is catching up to… Oliver Laughland The Guardian The fallout between President Donald Trump and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, on the resettlement of refugees is not only an… On refugees, Trump… Read More »

No ‘G’day, mate’: On call with Australian prime minister, Trump badgers and brags

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It should have been one of the most congenial calls for the new commander in chief — a conversation with the leader of Australia, one of America’s staunchest allies, at the end of a… By Greg Miller and Philip Rucker The Washington Post Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and… No ‘G’day, mate’… Read More »

Australia will support Donald Trump on strong border protection policies: Julie Bishop

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the Turnbull government will support Donald Trump’s “strong immigration and border protection policies”, as the leaders of Britain and Germany criticise an executive order banning entry to the… Tom McIlroy The Sydney Morning Herald Speaking in Los Angeles after events promoting Australian business and… Australia will support… Read More »