Refugees

Nauru mocked by media bullies

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AS regional neighbours, Australia and Nauru share a close history that includes solidarity during wartime, and we share the same journey towards a peaceful existence. Baron Waqa * – The Daily Telegraph However while many Australians have heard of Nauru, most know little about us. To understand our country — and other Pacific island nations — it is important to ... Read More »

Asylum seeker dreamed of a better future with his family

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Asylum seeker dies in detention An Afghan asylum seeker who died on Friday at a West Australian detention centre was dreaming of a better future with his wife and two children, a detainee has said. The Sydney Morning Herald - Neelima Choahan, Lisa Cox The comments come as Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was accused of being missing in action for failing to respond to ... Read More »

Manus Island: Rejected asylum seekers told they will be deported; stateless face possible transfer to ‘correctional institutions’

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Asylum seekers who have had their claims and appeals rejected on Manus Island have been told to prepare for deportation. ABC – By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane Anyone found to be stateless will remain at the Australian-funded detention centre or be transferred to “any location, including correctional institutions”. In documents obtained by the ABC, Papua New Guinea Immigration ... Read More »

Asylum seeker dies in Yongah Hill immigration detention centre in WA

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An Afghan asylum seeker has died at a West Australian  detention centre from a suspected heart attack amid claims he had been denied medical treatment for two weeks. The Sydney Morning Herald - Natalie O’Brien, Neelima Choahan Refugee advocates say that the Yongah Hill Detention Centre, north-east of Perth, is in lockdown and the riot squad has been mobilised after ... Read More »

Government plan to fast-track refugees in exchange for potential $19,000 fee

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A refugee’s visa application would be fast-tracked if they paid a potential $19,000 fee and their family in Australia promised to cover health and welfare costs, under proposals the Abbott government is weighing to cut resettlement costs. WAtoday – Nicole Hasham, Environment and immigration correspondent Refugee advocates say the measures, based on a pilot established by the former Labor government, ... Read More »

There is no hope for her to survive: Ethiopian woman fears deportation

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Yeshiwork Abrha’s​ hands shake as she sifts through the paperwork that has decided her fate. She looks up helplessly, she can’t find the words. The Age – Bianca Hall, Reporter for The Age Her friend, Melbourne Ethiopian community leader Kojii Umer, speaks on her behalf. “There is no hope for her to survive. That is our concern. The Australian government knows ... Read More »

Sarah Hanson-Young refers asylum seeker health provider IHMS to​ federal police

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International Health and Medical Services referred to the AFP after a series of revelations about it published by Guardian Australia The Guardian – Bridie Jabour, Paul Farrell and Nick Evershed The healthcare providers for asylum seekers in Australian detention have been referred to the federal police over allegations it misled the immigration department about the quality of care. Greens senator ... Read More »

Should asylum seekers go back to where they came from?

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The Labor Party has just announced it will adopt the government’s stance on asylum seekers — that is, it will “turn back the boats”. The Daily Telegraph - Nicole Judge and Kim Vuga Here, the stars of the SBS show “Go Back To Where You Came From” give us their opinion over the question: Should asylum seekers go back to ... Read More »

How can I get my head and heart around Labor’s policy on boat turnbacks?

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There can be a middle road between a cruel and inhumane approach to asylum policy and open borders. Labor must find a compassionate, regional response The Guardian - Kristina Keneally Instinctively I dislike the option of boat turnbacks. Towing people away from Australia when they are attempting a perilous journey in order to seek asylum smacks of cruelty. Such action ... Read More »