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21 Jun 2016 description
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Australia and the world’s wealthiest nations have failed to deliver on promises to increase resettlement for the world’s neediest refugees, new figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have highlighted.

With the total number of refugees reaching 21.3 million and forced displacement exceeding 65 million, just 107,000 refugees were given the chance to resettle in 2015 – equivalent to just 0.5% of the global refugee population.

17 Jun 2016 description

Lhoknga, Indonesia | AFP | Friday 6/17/2016 - 06:53 GMT

Indonesian authorities faced pressure Friday to allow dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat for almost a week to disembark, as witnesses said a warning shot was fired in chaotic scenes near the vessel.

The 44 migrants, who include many women and children, have been stuck on the Indian-flagged vessel resting in shallow waters off Aceh province since last Saturday after it broke down en route to Australia.

16 Jun 2016 description

Cost cutting is being blamed for deteriorating conditions at the Manus Island processing centre for asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea.

Food shortages and power cuts are adding to the frustration of about 900 men sent to the centre by Australia, where detention has been ruled illegal.

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16 Jun 2016 description

The Indonesian central government should allow dozens of Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, including a pregnant woman and nine children, who have reached the coast of Lhoknga, Aceh, to disembark and meet UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) officials, Amnesty International said today.

“These people have endured a long and difficult journey already. Now that they have reached land in Aceh, they should be allowed to disembark and meet UNHCR officials,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Director of Campaigns for South East Asia and the Pacific.

15 Jun 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 13 June 2016, there were 154 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)

Malaysia (No updates)

15 Jun 2016 description
infographic Government of Australia

Protection Visa applications lodged

Applications lodged

2014-15: 8,587

2015-16: 9,554

Final Protection Visa grants

Protection Visa grants to Non-IMA

2014-15: 2,746

2015-16: 1,732

Total Protection Visa grants**

2014-15: 2,747

2015-16: 1,732

*Total Protection visa grants for 2014-15 includes one visa granted to an IMA.

15 Jun 2016 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

15 Jun 2016 description

By Michael Flynn and Robin Davies

Australia’s immigration detention policies and practices and those of its neighbouring countries will be in the spotlight today in Geneva, at the launch of the Global Detention Project’s new website and online database.

14 Jun 2016 description

GINEBRA, 13 de junio de 2016 (ACNUR) - Debido a la multitud de conflictos y crisis que causan una cantidad record de desplazamientos alrededor del mundo, el reasentamiento ha asumido un papel cada vez más vital en los esfuerzos del ACNUR para encontrar soluciones y abogar por un reparto de responsabilidades más justo para los refugiados, de acuerdo con un informe emitido hoy en una reunión anual en Ginebra.

14 Jun 2016 description

Germany - IOM reports in the latest edition of its publication Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants that over 60,000 migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing on sea and land routes worldwide since 1996.

According to the report released today (14 June), an estimated 5,400 migrants died or were recorded as missing in 2015. In 2016, already more than 3,400 migrants have lost their lives worldwide, this year over 80 percent of those attempting to reach Europe by sea.

14 Jun 2016 description
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by Hotli Simanjuntak

Aceh/Jakarta | Mon, June 13 2016 | 08:08 pm

A boat carrying 40 ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka has returned to Aceh to ask for more fuel so that they can continue their journey to Australia.

The group, which includes one pregnant woman, returned to Lhoknga waters in Aceh Besar regency on Monday, after departing the previous day.

The vessel was first stranded off the coast of Aceh on Saturday morning when their boat suffered damage.

13 Jun 2016 description

Avec une multitude de conflits et de crises générant des déplacements de populations sans précédent à travers le monde, la réinstallation s’avère essentielle dans les efforts du HCR pour trouver des solutions et plaider pour un partage équitable des responsabilités dans l’aide aux réfugiés, peut-on lire dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui par le HCR.

13 Jun 2016 description

With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.

13 Jun 2016 description

By James Hancock

Five years ago, at the age of just 16, Arif Hazara left behind his family in Afghanistan and made the dangerous journey by boat to Australia to escape violence and persecution.

The third-year university student is among 30 people from across the globe attending a UNHCR meeting in Geneva this week aimed at giving young refugees and asylum seekers a voice.

Mr Hazara could not speak English when he arrived in the country in 2011.

Now aged 21, he is completing a university degree in Melbourne while working as an assistant accountant.