Asylum Seekers

Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR

One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee.. GENEVA (Reuters) – A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday…. Source: Record 65.3 Million People Were Displaced Last Year: UNHCR Read More »

The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention regime

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Exclusive: In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he witnessed was as bad as the treatment of asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus.. In my entire career of 43 years I have never seen more atrocity than I have seen in the incarcerated situations of Manus Island and Nauru.”… Source: The worst I’ve seen – trauma expert lifts lid on ‘atrocity’ of Australia’s detention ... Read More »

Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back

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A pregnant woman and nine children are among the 44 on the boat, which has been drifting off the coast of Lhoknga.. A group of Sri Lankans who were reportedly trying to reach Australia when their boat became stranded off Indonesia during bad weather are set to be “escorted” back towards India, officials say…. Source: Sri Lankans reportedly bound for Australia and stranded off Aceh to be ‘escorted’ back | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel

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European commission says Turkey has not met conditions of possible deal including border security and human rights issues.. Turkey has missed an EU deadline that would have allowed its citizens visa-free travel through most of Europe, amid ongoing tensions over a controversial migration deal… Source: Turkey fails to meet criteria for visa-free EU travel | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Chasing Asylum: A film by Eva Orner

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Reviewed by ARNOLD ZABLE Chasing Asylum is a visceral and confronting documentary which includes revealing, clandestine footage shot inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres. The images are reinforced by eye-witness accounts of former detention centre workers, and the observations of asylum seekers who have spent time inside the centres. Filmed by Oscar award-winning documentary maker, Eva Orner, it highlights the harsh conditions that asylum seekers have endured in offshore detention—and the punitive nature of a regime that breaks ... Read More »

Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade

In normal circumstances, deaths of asylum seekers, sexual assaults on adults and children, and widespread severe mental illness – including self-harm – attributable to the length and conditions of offshore detention would demand a reconsideration of the policies that allowed these events to occur. And yet, the Australian government and the Labor opposition maintain an unwavering, untested, bipartisan assertion: no-one will be resettled in Australia, as that will encourage people smugglers… Source: Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the ... Read More »

Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis

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With Kenya’s announcement to close down two of its biggest refugee camps, it’s time to focus on the effective alternatives.. At last month’s World Humanitarian Summit, Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto announced that the decision to close down its two largest refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, was final… Source: Refugee camps are not the answer to a complex crisis | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian Read More »

Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

Interview Conducted by Walter Mayr and Mathieu von Rohr At 29, Austria’s Sebastian Kurz is the world’s youngest foreign minister. He speaks with SPIEGEL about the rise of the far right in his country and Europe, the immigrant crisis and the dangers of dependence on Turkey.. SPIEGEL: Foreign Minister Kurz, in recent weeks, the entire world has been watching Austria, which is rather rare. How does it feel?… Source: Interview with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz – SPIEGEL ONLINE Read More »

Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru

Now only one refugee remains in Cambodia under Australia’s controversial $55 million agreement… Source: Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru Read More »

Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned by Australia face jail

Four Vietnamese asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by Australia will appear in court on Thursday, facing up to seven years in jail for trying to flee. Four others have already been jailed for between two and three years for illegally leaving the country, despite written assurances from the Vietnamese government – according to the commander of Operation Sovereign Borders – that they would not be charged or punished for leaving… Source: Inkl: The Guardian – AU – Vietnamese ... Read More »

Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre

Thai police shoot dead a Rohingya man from Myanmar during a mass escape from an immigration camp, police say.. Police Lieutenant Colonel Noppadon Rakchart said 21 Rohingya fled the Phangnga Immigration Detention Centre at about 1:00am after sawing through an iron bar in their communal cell… Source: Rohingya Muslim shot dead by police in mass escape from Thai detention centre – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

One day at Agkalia (Embrace)

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One day at Agkalia *(Embrace) we encountered group of seemingly tough young men. By Giorgos Tyrikos-Ergas * Μια μέρα στην Αγκαλιά… They set themselves apart from the other groups with the families and were just sitting around and loitering making comments about the volunteers, all kinds of insinuations about the women volunteers, and in general: they looked like trouble. When we started giving away food they did not wait in line. They cut in and grabbed it. To my request ... Read More »

Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’

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World Vision’s Tim Costello has weighed into the asylum seeker debate. The Greens support the World Vision boss’ criticism of offshore detention. The Australian Greens have backed comments by World Vision boss Tim Costello who says detaining asylum seekers offshore constitutes psychological torture. Costello on Sunday said there was “no question” about the mental torture… Source: Nauru, Manus Island Detention Inflicts ‘Psychological Torture’ Read More »

Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments

Iranian refugee Osamah Sami, 33, has taken out the Multicultural category at the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for his memoir, ‘Good Muslim Boy’. The book, which describes his own experiences of fleeing Iran, was printed last year. He took this opportunity to criticise comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on ‘illiterate refugees.’… Source: Iranian-born refugee wins major literary award, criticises Dutton’s ‘illiterate’ comments | SBS News Read More »

Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the absurd

Papua New Guinea is an extraordinary country very close to my heart, but I can say with absolute surety that it is not an appropriate country in which to resettle refugees.. Ihave recently spent six weeks in the city of Lae in Papua New Guinea, with unique access to the first group of refugees resettled from Manus Island, and have been able to experience their resettled life first-hand… Source: Resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea: a tragic theatre of the ... Read More »

How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News

When Australia’s immigration minister spoke out about the level of literacy and numeracy among migrants late on Tuesday, he was addressing what has become one of the hot potatoes of this election season. With the build-up to the 2 July vote now in full swing, Peter Dutton responded to proposals by the opposition Labor party to increase annual refugee numbers from 13,750 to 27,000. Source: How Australia stood up to minister’s ‘illiterate migrants’ comments – BBC News Read More »