Incarceration of asylum seekers in offshore camps would be in breach of UK’s responsibilities under international human rights conventions.
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Priti Patel’s plan to process asylum seekers offshore is at odds with the UK’s responsibilities under international human rights conventions.
Our research outlines some concrete steps businesses can take to boost employment of refugees. And there are strategic benefits business can reap along the way.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern marks World Refugee Day 2020 at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland.
World Refugee Day on June 20 is an opportunity for New Zealanders to reflect on what more could done to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
The home affairs minister says Australia is exploring resettlement overseas for ‘broad cohorts’ of people. But such deals do not get Australia off the hook.
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While this is a positive step, it still does not allow the Murugappan family to return to their home of Biloela in Queensland, and their situation still has some way to play out in the courts.
The Murugappans have been fighting to stay in Australia for years. All the while, Sri Lanka has one of the worst records of state-perpetrated violence against civilians in the early 21st century.
The Tamil asylum seekers will be moved from Christmas Island to Perth community detention while they pursue legal matters and their youngest child receives hospital care.
This important case because represents a rare litigation win for an asylum seeker. He doesn’t automatically get the right to stay in Australia, but he’s won damages — and that’s unusual.
Homeless people often have difficulty finding enough to eat in normal times; the pandemic made things even harder.
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The most vulnerable in society have been hit hard by the pandemic when it comes to getting enough to eat. So what can be done?
Group visits and food are prohibited, and visitors must sit in designated chairs apart from their loved ones. Celebrating holidays in detention didn’t used to be like this.
Frontex officers at the Bulgarian-Turkey border. The agency is due to expand its staff to 10,000 by 2027.
UN and NGO reports of ‘pushbacks’ at borders suggest 2,000 deaths linked to actions supported by EU border agency Frontex, yet EU plans to greatly expand its powers.
Honduran and Cuban migrants cross the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border, June 26, 2019.
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The dire conditions that brought waves of Cubans to the US in the 1980s and 1990s are again escalating on the communist island, provoked by Trump-era sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia has a long history of incarceration of migrants, Indigenous people and those considered ‘enemies’ of the state. This has formed a ‘template’ for modern-day quarantine and detention policies.
For the first time, a woman has been appointed to the hawkishly masculine home affairs portfolio. Whether this will bring a change of approach on asylum seekers and other issues remains to be seen.
Refugees waiting in line to register for the Moira refugee camp in Greece that burned down in 2020.
As governments use the pandemic as an excuse to double-down on border closures, refugees are losing vital protection
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To make sure the COVID rollout is accessible to all people living in Australia, the government should consider a migrant amnesty.
The government lost another appeal in the fight over whether a Sri Lankan family can stay in Australia. It’s time to ask a fundamental question: is this hardline approach appropriate anymore?
The hardship of the pandemic has exposed the extreme nature of a policy the prime minister didn’t even appear to know about.
If history is any guide, the new US president’s forward-thinking approach toward refugee resettlement could help drive Australia’s commitments to refugee protection, too.
In the Howard government, there was near-consensus in Cabinet that an ETS was eventually likely. A spike in asylum-seeker arrivals stimulated the hard “deterrent’ strategy” that would morph into the “Pacific Solution” in 2001.