Asylum Seekers

Immigration will remain a toxic issue until Britain faces up to its colonial past

Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them” David Wearing The Guardian Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an… Immigration will remain… Read More »

Dutton’s powers unchecked and unjust, former Liberal immigration minister

Ian Macphee calls for Peter Dutton’s powers to be reined in and for bills to expand them further to be stopped Helen Davidson The Guardian Peter Dutton has sweeping and unchecked powers that are beyond the review of courts, are unjust and “un-Australian” and must be wound back, a… The comments, by the former Fraser-era immigration minister Ian Macphee, come in a report that has examined the discretionary powers of immigration ministers and… Dutton’s powers unchecked… Read More »

Stopping the boats is a futile, cynical exercise

On the day US President Donald Trump launched his air strike on Syria almost a month ago, the Australian government touted the 30th turnback of an asylum seeker boat under Operation Sovereign Borders. Violeta Moreno-Lax Brisbane Times Australian authorities returned the 25 Sri Lankan nationals aboard the boat, with the… According to Australia’s Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, “about 765… Stopping the boats… Read More »

Australian politics explainer: the MV Tampa and the transformation of asylum-seeker policy

Some time before August 23 2001, a small Indonesian fishing boat, the KM Palapa 1, left Indonesia en route to Christmas Island with 438 asylum seekers aboard. Alex Reilly  The Conversation Like many before them, the asylum seekers hoped to reach Australia and apply for permanent protection visas. The Palapa’s engines failed in international waters between Indonesia and… Australian politics explainer… Read More »

Children are being damaged in detention – Australia’s day of reckoning will come

In the tangle of debate about asylum seekers some things are… Katie Robertson The Guardian There is no excuse for damaging children in our… It’s been just over three years since I met her for the first time on a frantic visit to Christmas… Given just a small window of time by the department of immigration to see her family among many suffering under the conditions of… Children are being… Read More »

‘We’re eating the Mercedes’

Once among their nation’s elite, former Turkish NATO officers are now refugees seeking political asylum in… DAVID M. HERSZENHORN Politico They were once among Turkey’s military elite — fighter pilots, tank commanders and naval officers assigned to prestigious posts abroad at NATO in… Now, they and their families — who had enjoyed comfortable lives abroad, sending their children to… ‘We’re eating the… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Churches demand Manus Island asylum seekers be evacuated

Advocates want those detained brought to Australia after violent clashes alleged between asylum seekers and naval personnel on… Guardian staff and agencies With Australian Associated Press The Guardian Churches and refugee advocates are calling for asylum seekers on Manus Island to be evacuated to Australia after shots were fired… The Human Rights Law Centre, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Amnesty International have said the… Churches demand Manus… Read More »

Frenzied rescues save more than 2,000 asylum seekers

A total of 2,074 people brought to safety in a day of non-stop rescues of those stranded in the Mediterranean… Al Jazeera – News agencies More than 2,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean on Friday in a series of dramatic… An Italian coast guard spokesman said 19 rescue operations by the coast guard or ships operated by non… Frenzied rescues save… Read More »

Enough is enough – Manus attacks show Turnbull must immediately evacuate the Manus centre and bring the men to safety in Australia

The terrifying and violent attack on the men in the Manus Island regional processing centre last night is further proof that Prime… Human Rights Law Centre Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to investigate conditions on the… “Enough is enough. The men on Manus must immediately be… Enough is enough… Read More »

Demand for legal help from asylum seekers driving rise in pro bono work

Lawyers in Australia are working for free more than ever before with pro bono legal work at an all… Amanda Copp SBS Pro bono legal services have increased by almost 10 per cent from 2014 to 2016 according to the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey. On average, lawyers did almost 35 hours of pro bono work each in… A key factor driving that increase is a rise in demand from asylum seekers and… Demand for legal… Read More »

‘I don’t understand how such a place became normal in the Australian psyche’

To my dear students, as of this month, I have resigned from my teaching position at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre after… Rosemary Brennan-Herrera The Sydney Morning Herald I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being students any teacher would hope… I will miss… I won’t miss the teaching… You attended classes in what can only be described as… ‘I don’t understand how… Read More »

Details of Australia’s asylum seeker boat turnbacks released in FoI battle

Partially redacted papers include Morrison’s order to force turnback… Tribunal rejects Guardian journalist’s bid for full disclosure of… Previously classified documents about Australia’s asylum seeker turnback missions have been released during a landmark court… Christopher Knaus The Guardian The administrative appeals tribunal has ruled that many documents sought under freedom of information laws on boat turnbacks will remain secret in… Details of Australia’s… Read More »

Australia’s government muddles its way through to hide details of boat turnbacks

Documents on turnbacks are the official record of one of the most important and divisive issues of our time, and they should be… Paul Farrell The Guardian It has been three years since the Australian government began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea, and in that three years it… When the operations began in November 2013 under then immigration… Australia’s government muddles… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

EU should apply effective asylum seekers policy!

If the EU fails in passing the difficult test of patience and ability to act promptly in the migrant policy, the current leaders will have to say goodbye to their posts Tomas Zdechovsky Daily Sabah Although the reverberations of last year’s migrant crisis are noticeable even today, a brief look at the print media or news servers gives the impression that the situation is returning back to normal. Yes, considering the… EU should apply… Read More »