Category: Asylum Seekers

Scott Morrison tried to delay asylum seekers’ permanent protection visas, documents reveal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Scott Morrison rests his hand on his chin, while sitting in a Human Rights Commission hearing.

Key points:

Immigration Department advised up to 700 asylum seekers “must” be granted permanent protection
Scott Morrison agreed to “mitigation strategies” including asking ASIO to slow down security checks so deadlines would be missed
Without intervention, 30 extra asylum seekers a week could have been granted protection

Morrison set the example of Christian Compassion now Israel is following the Dutton way.

via Scott Morrison tried to delay asylum seekers’ permanent protection visas, documents reveal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

When it comes to refugees, Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison and Dutton are hypocrites | Julian Burnside | Opinion | The Guardian

‘These men lie to us, when they call boat people “illegal”. It is not an offence to arrive in Australia, without a visa, seeking to be protected from persecution'

“Abbott, who claims to be a Roman Catholic, once suggested that the parable of the good Samaritan might have been different if a number of travellers had been found beside the road. It takes someone like Abbott to claim that he can reconstruct Christs’s teaching.”

When it comes to refugees, Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison and Dutton are hypocrites | Julian Burnside | Opinion | The Guardian

Revealed: the cost of stopping the boats put at $9.6 billion

The cost of stopping the boats has been calculated at more than $9.6 billion since 2013, and will be another $5.7 billion over the next four years, according to a study by Save the Children and UNICEF.

Source: Revealed: the cost of stopping the boats put at $9.6 billion

PNG tells Australia it can’t leave Manus Island asylum seekers behind – report | Australia news | The Guardian

PNG’s attorney general reportedly tells high commissioner Australia can’t close camp and leave ‘international fugitives’ behind

Source: PNG tells Australia it can’t leave Manus Island asylum seekers behind – report | Australia news | The Guardian

Sudanese refugee dies in Brisbane hospital after medivac from Manus | Australia news | The Guardian

Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 27, who was said to have suffered from blackouts for months, collapsed on Friday, but died despite airlift to Australia

Source: Sudanese refugee dies in Brisbane hospital after medivac from Manus | Australia news | The Guardian

Donald Trump backer says Australia-US refugee swap deal is ‘dead on arrival’

Canberra’s get-out-of-jail card on the future of the hundreds of Australia-bound refugees on Nauru and Manus Island may have a very short shelf-life, with the head of a prominent US anti-immigration think tank warning: “this is the kind of thing the Trump administration will nix on Day 1.”

Source: Donald Trump backer says Australia-US refugee swap deal is ‘dead on arrival’

Meet the forgotten children of Nauru – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There are 755 refugees on Nauru and 128 of them are children. Many of these children are struggling to hang on to hope, released from detention but trapped in limbo.

Source: Meet the forgotten children of Nauru – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turnbull Government confirms over 28,000 asylum seeker cases unprocessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Turnbull Government confirms asylum seekers who arrived under the former Labor government remain unprocessed.

Source: Turnbull Government confirms over 28,000 asylum seeker cases unprocessed – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

Refugee advocates work day and night trying to prevent asylum seekers harming themselves – it is our greatest fear. To be blamed for it is devastating

Source: Refugees don’t self-harm because of me Peter Dutton, they self-harm because of you | Sarah Smith | Opinion | The Guardian

Waleed Aly’s soft option on ‘The monstrous failure of our bipartisan asylum seeker policy’

Martin McMahon comments on Waleed Aly’s assessment of Australia’s bipartisan asylum seeker policy, highlighting his points with a refugee’s personal story.

Source: Waleed Aly’s soft option on ‘The monstrous failure of our bipartisan asylum seeker policy’

Mustapha El Ossman’s family discuss Villawood detention after Asio assessment – video | Australia news | The Guardian

Mariam Albaf, the wife of Mustapha El Ossman, speaks about the toll her husband’s detention in Villawood has taken on her family

Source: Mustapha El Ossman’s family discuss Villawood detention after Asio assessment – video | Australia news | The Guardian

About 90 asylum seeker children in Australia to be returned to Nauru, Peter Dutton confirms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton confirms dozens of children will be returned to Nauru, after announcing there were no children in mainland detention.

Source: About 90 asylum seeker children in Australia to be returned to Nauru, Peter Dutton confirms – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Premier Daniel Andrews tells Malcolm Turnbull that Victoria will take asylum seekers

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has written to the Prime Minister offering to “accept full responsibility” for the families and children brought to Australia from Nauru.

Source: Premier Daniel Andrews tells Malcolm Turnbull that Victoria will take asylum seekers

Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkish border as assault on Aleppo’s rebel-held areas intensifies . Andrew Bolt create then blame asylum seekers

Tens of thousands of Syrians seek refuge across the border in Turkey as Russian and Syrian Government forces continue to assault Aleppo.

Source: Thousands of Syrians flee to Turkish border as assault on Aleppo’s rebel-held areas intensifies – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Relatives of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi land in Canada to start new life | World news | The Guardian

The uncle and cousins of the three-year-old whose drowning brought worldwide attention to the refugee crisis have arrived in Vancouver

Source: Relatives of drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi land in Canada to start new life | World news | The Guardian

Religious leaders push for release of asylum seeker children before Christmas

A cross-section of Australia’s most prominent Christian leaders is imploring the nation’s politicians to “do the right thing” and release asylum seeker children from detention before Christmas.

Source: Religious leaders push for release of asylum seeker children before Christmas

If You Read Just One Open Letter Opposing Labor’s Cruelty To Asylum Seekers, Make Sure It’s This One – New Matilda

In an open letter to the Labor Party, Liam McLoughlin lays bare the lies, cynicism and cowardice that underpins the party’s position on asylum seekers.

Source: If You Read Just One Open Letter Opposing Labor’s Cruelty To Asylum Seekers, Make Sure It’s This One – New Matilda

In Prague You Get Beaten for Defending Refugees, Andrew Bolt wishes Australians were more Czech

When respected philosophers get attacked in the middle of the street, you know that something is going terribly wrong with the nation. The Czech Republic (and before, Czechoslovakia) was always a t…

Source: In Prague You Get Beaten for Defending Refugees

Destination Kyrgyzstan: the latest troubled country Australia wants to send refugees

Kidnapping, violent gangs, torture, terrorism, corruption, civil unrest, treacherous roads, endemic diseases, bad hospitals, strict laws, police harassment, earthquakes and avalanches. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan, the place the Turnbull government wants to send refugees.

Source: Destination Kyrgyzstan: the latest troubled country Australia wants to send refugees

Watch Molly and Mobarak Online | theage.tv

This celebrated film by Tom Zubrycki starts where the hysteria and hyperbole of most media coverage of refugee problems leaves off. It offers an intimate insight into what it means to be only partially accepted by the country you live in and to endure the emotional implications of seeking belonging. In the town of Young in rural NSW ordinary Australians share their community with 90 Afghan refugees working at the local abattoir. These everyday Australians still believe in the lucky country: people like Tony Hewson who recruits the refugees, Anne Bell who organises English classes and social activities, and Lyn Rule who offers them hospitality in her own home. Twenty two-year-old Mobarak Tahiri has been in Australia for two years and his temporary visa soon expires. His English is improving and so is his driving, thanks to Molly, Lyn’s twenty-five year old daughter, and the object of Mobarak’s affections. Against Molly and Mobarak’s burgeoning relationship emerges a picture of a town divided. The Bali bombing and a heightened fear of terrorism cause racism to resurge.

Source: Watch Molly and Mobarak Online | theage.tv

Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

Australia’s militarised border protection policy borrows its methods from the war on terror – not least by moving questionable activities offshore and outside the easy reach of courts

Source: Flying a refugee to Nauru in secret: is this any different to extraordinary rendition? | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian

Save the Children office raided by police in Nauru; phones, computers confiscated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Save the Children workers in Nauru are searched and have their phones and computers confiscated after the charity’s office is raided by Nauruan police.

Source: Save the Children office raided by police in Nauru; phones, computers confiscated – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

German Neo-Nazis praise Australia’s refugee policy | SBS News

“Instead of accepting them into Australia they send them back home,” Jens Baur from the far right NPD party tells a crowd outside a refugee camp in Dresden. “And only this is the one real solution and not how our government is going about it.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel says refugees are welcome, but in a story for tonight’s Dateline, Amos Roberts finds the reality is different in the former East Germany.

Source: German Neo-Nazis praise Australia’s refugee policy | SBS News

Royal Children’s Hospital doctors refuse to return children to detention

Victoria’s Health Minister Jill Hennessy has thrown her support behind doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital who have refused to discharge asylum seeker children back into detention.

Source: Royal Children’s Hospital doctors refuse to return children to detention

Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion: How would you feel if it was your daughter Dutton

A 23-year-old “vulnerable and traumatised” Somali woman who was raped on Nauru is pleading with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow her to come to Australia to have an abortion.

Source: Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion

US to take in 85,000 refugees in 2016, and 100,000 in 2017 – Your Middle East

“We will now go up to 85,000 with at least 10,000 over the next year in Syria specifically. And in the next fiscal year we will target 100,000,” he said.In the f

Source: US to take in 85,000 refugees in 2016, and 100,000 in 2017 – Your Middle East

The refugee crisis has opened an ugly fissure in Australia’s rightwing politics | Jason Wilson

A single image of a drowned boy half a world away has already split Australia’s ‘stop the boats’ consensus. Tony Abbott can only paper over it for so long

Source: The refugee crisis has opened an ugly fissure in Australia’s rightwing politics | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian

Getting The Facts Straight On Refugee Resettlement | Julian Burnside

The question all Australians should ask is this: What sort of country are we? Are we selfish or are we generous? Are we willing to mistreat terrified human beings who have the courage, and the initiative, to escape to safety?

Source: Getting The Facts Straight On Refugee Resettlement | Julian Burnside