Asylum Seekers

Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S

Today, yet again, a Parliamentary committee will hear how commercial landlords are failing asylum seeker tenants. And then what? JOHN GRAYSON A few days ago I was chatting with Jean, the mother of three small children, in the back yard of her Sheffield home. Jean pointed to rat poison boxes, the… Source: Rats in the yard: 4 years of UK asylum housing by G4S | openDemocracy Read More »

Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island

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Labor’s push for inquiry passes Senate with backing of Derryn Hinch, Jacqui Lambie and the Nick Xenophon Team Paul Farrell Australia’s parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers held in Australia’s care on Nauru and… Source: Senate to investigate allegations of child abuse on Nauru and Manus Island | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’

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Hauliers, farmers and business owners lift blockade on Channel Tunnel and ferry terminal after French government says ‘Jungle’ camp will be dismantled Kim Willsher in Calais French demonstrators blocked access to the Channel Tunnel and the Calais ferry terminal on Monday, causing severe transport disruption, to protest at the… Source: Protesters close Calais over refugee crisis: ‘We are not racist but we see no solution’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’

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Independent MP says ‘only conclusion’ is that the government doesn’t want truth about detention regime to come out Ben Doherty Nauru’s secrecy over the Australian-run immigration detention centre on its island continues to deepen, with the independent parliamentarian Andrew Wilkie denied a… Source: MP Andrew Wilkie says Nauru visa denial proves Australia ‘has much to hide’ | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty

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Melbourne woman Jasmine Pilbrow found guilty of interfering with an airline crew member for refusing to sit down during protest over the deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker A Melbourne university student who protested against the deportation of an asylum seeker on an interstate flight has been found guilty of interfering with an… Source: Student who protested against asylum seeker’s deportation on flight found guilty | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report

An audit of health care services in Australia’s onshore detention centres reveals the Government asked operators to reduce the costs of treating asylum seekers. The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) reportexamined the delivery of health care services in immigration detention… Source: Government told doctors to cut health care costs for refugees in onshore detention centres: report – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru

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‘I would consider it a privilege to live out my final years in either Nauru or Manus Island in his or her stead,’ Jim Macken says Ben Doherty An 88-year-old retired judge has offered to swap places with a refugee held in offshore detention, volunteering to live the rest of his life on Manus or Nauru in… Source: Retired judge, 88, offers ‘body swap’ with a refugee on Manus or Nauru | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers

In the hands of school children the old adage, a picture can speak a thousand words, has been proven once more. Hundreds of students across Victoria have used art to express their views and show support for those seeking asylum in Australia. As part of an art competition, the Saint Vincent de… Source: Students use art to advocate for asylum seekers | SBS News Read More »

Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award

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Cartoonist Rights Network International says Mr Eaten Fish’s work pushes through secrecy surrounding detention centre Helen Davidson An Iranian man currently detained in the Manus Island detention centre has won an international cartooning award for courage… Source: Refugee artist detained on Manus Island wins international cartooning award | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania do more for asylum seekers

NEW Greens immigration spokesman Nick McKim wants to see Tasmania’s refugee intake increase during his time serving in the role. MATT MALONEY Senator McKim on Thursday was given the key party portfolio in a post-election reshuffle by leader Richard Di Natale who said he wanted to reinvigorate his team… Source: Up refugee intake: McKim | The Advocate  Read More »

I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen such high rates of trauma as on Nauru

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The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example. Anna Neistat The Nauru files exposé struck a particular chord since I had only last month witnessed these patterns of horrendous abuse with my own eyes. Europe should learn what not to do from Australia’s example… Source: I’ve worked in most conflict zones. I’ve never seen ... Read More »

“Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant crisis

The Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called on attendees of the United Nation’s World Humanitarian day last week to rethink the refugee crisis. Lily Kuo “Nobody is ever just a refugee,” said the novelist and non-fiction writer, delivering the keynote address at the event in New York. “Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the… Source: “Nobody is ever just a refugee”: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls for a new way of seeing the global migrant ... Read More »

No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal

Eminent Australians have called for compromise from activists on the turnback of refugee boats. It’s never going to happen, writes Mark Goudkamp, Sadie Grant Butler and Nick Riemer. The scale of the response to the Guardian’s revelations of abuse on Nauru should reasonably spell the… Source: No Compromise: Refugee Turnbacks Are Immoral And Illegal – New Matilda Read More »

Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah

Dozens killed, thousands evacuated after second day of Syrian government air raids on Kurdish-controlled areas of city.. Syrian government jets have continued to pound Kurdish-controlled parts of the northeastern city of Hasakah for a second day, killing at least 22 residents and forcing thousands to flee… Source: Civilians evacuated as Syrian Kurds bombed in Hasakah – News from Al Jazeera Read More »

Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’

Peter Dutton is taking his war on people smuggling to a new level, one that defies logic and basic decency and appears to be more about establishing his big-C conservative credentials than protecting the nation’s borders. Not content with contradicting his Prime Minister and declaring there is no third country option for the refugees stranded on Manus Island, Dutton now insists that any refugees who… Source: Dutton’s new gambit ‘another form of torture’ Read More »

Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files

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Minister accuses news organisations of ‘trivialising’ grave issues ‘by trying to promote the 2,100 reports as somehow all being serious when they’re not’ Australia’s immigration minister has launched a wide-ranging attack on the Guardian and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, saying he wasn’t going to… Source: Peter Dutton attacks Guardian and ABC over reporting of Nauru files | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »