Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers will welcome another New Year still in limbo

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The remote Pacific islands of Nauru and Manus Island will be among the first places in the world to celebrate the arrival of 2017. Brisbane Times Madeline Gleeson Some 1500 refugees and asylum seekers will be there to greet it, stranded in a combination of semi-detention and community residences. Four New Years into their… Asylum seekers will welcome… Read More »

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French stands by silence on asylum seeker ruling

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As he nears the end of eight years as the nation’s top judge, Robert French is standing by his response to critics of a controversial ruling on Australia’s asylum seeker policy. ABC Damien Carrick When the High Court struck down Labor’s Malaysia Solution in 2011 it ignited an attack on the courts from politicians the likes of which had not been seen since the Mabo and Wik decisions of the 1990s. Then prime minister Julia Gillard accused the court of… ... Read More »

Honeymoon for Syrian refugees over as ‘Month 13’ looms

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Uncertainty is in store for many of the 35,000 Syrian newcomers to Canada who will see their financial support from Ottawa and private sponsors soon coming to an end. The Star By NICHOLAS KEUNG, Immigration reporter Bedrettin Al Muhamad and his wife, Mariam, have been taking English classes and… Honeymoon for Syrian… Read More »

Broken Men in Paradise

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The world’s refugee crisis knows no more sinister exercise in cruelty than Australia’s island prisons. The New York Times By ROGER COHEN MANUS, Papua New Guinea — The plane banks over the dense tropical forest of Manus Island, little touched, it seems, by… Broken Men in… Read More »

Climate refugees in South Asia need protection, advocates say

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South Asia is the world’s most disaster-prone region according to the United Nations Thomson Reuters Foundation News Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – People forced to leave their homes because of climate change in South Asia should get the same protections given to political refugees, advocates said on Thursday. Governments in South Asia have failed to… Climate refugees in South Asia need… Read More »

Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but only when spoken to

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Have pro-refugee protestors in Parliament House inspired action for Australia’s stranded asylum seekers? Deputy editor Michelle Pini reports. Independent Australia Michelle Pini AUSTRALIA’S official position on asylum seekers is now their indefinite and inhumane imprisonment. Should any imprisoned refugees ever manage to… Speaking up for asylum seekers on Nauru — but… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »