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24 Jul 2017 description

Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.

Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.

20 Jul 2017 description

Today I joined Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Karunanayake to announce the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.

Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. According to WHO, 50 to 100 million infections occur each year in over 100 countries – putting almost half the world's population at risk.

20 Jul 2017 description

Refugee Council of Australia CEO Paul Power has today asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to end the offshore detention regime now that the government has “made its point about boat arrivals clearly to the world”.

In a letter to Mr Turnbull on the fourth anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s establishment of the “regional resettlement arrangement” with Papua New Guinea, Mr Power highlights the growing level of concern and despair within Australia about the nation’s treatment of over 2000 people held indefinitely in PNG and Nauru, most of whom have been found to be refugees.

19 Jul 2017 description

A project to reduce preventable deaths in the Pacific by improving medical data has received a significant funding boost from a US philanthropist.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.

18 Jul 2017 description
  • 33%of international migrants are from G20 countries

  • 50% of international migrants reside in G20 countries

  • 122 million migrants live in G20 countries, representing 2.6% of the total population

18 Jul 2017 description

This paper was presented by Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia, for a panel discussion on Refugees and Responsibility at ‘Rethinking governance in an era of global insecurities, regional tensions and rising nationalism’, an international conference hosted by the University of Melbourne’s EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges, 17 July 2017

Thinking regionally, not globally

17 Jul 2017 description

MAIDUGURI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of AUD$3 million (US$2.2 million) from the Government of Australia that will provide food and nutritional assistance to tens of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria, where the Boko Haram insurgency and the current lean season have intensified hunger.

17 Jul 2017 description

By Colin Packham and Yeganeh Torbati

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) - U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle many of the detainees in America.

U.S. officials halted screening interviews and departed the Pacific island of Nauru on Friday, two weeks short of their scheduled timetable and a day after Washington said the United States had reached its annual refugee intake cap.

14 Jul 2017 description

By North America correspondent Stephanie March

Refugees in detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru could be delayed entry to the United States after the country hit its annual refugee intake cap yesterday.

The US is assessing many of the hundreds of refugees in those centres for resettlement as part of a deal struck last year with the Australian Government.

13 Jul 2017 description
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BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of AUD$4 million (approximately US$3 million) from the Government of Australia to provide multi-purpose cash assistance for almost 23,000 displaced Iraqis affected by conflict in Mosul.

11 Jul 2017 description

Education is vital to maintaining a sense of normality in protracted displacement. With the support of Australian Aid, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA provides inclusive early education to vulnerable Syrian and Palestinian refugees in camp communities in Beirut, Lebanon.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key points:

  • Remaining asylum seekers are afraid to move to the transit centre

  • Mr Udin says authorities have cut activities, classes and decreased their food

  • He says they are happy to go to the US, but have not been told any details of plans

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek

08 Jul 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to Myanmar.

Conflict has left more than 520,000 people in need of assistance in Myanmar, including over 210,000 people displaced in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine States. In addition, over 100,000 people displaced by conflict remain in refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border.

Assistance of $16 million will provide education, health services, shelter and livelihood support for affected communities, as well as funding to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

08 Jul 2017 description

Verified Population - May 2017

9,926*

Population profile

Gender

Female 49% Male 51%

Age

18 years and above: 56%

5-17 years: 33%

Below 5 years: 11%

Ethnicity

Karen 94% Shan/Thai Yai 3% Other 3%

Religion

Animist 51% Christian 33% Buddhist 15% Other 1%

*According to Verification Exercise conducted from Jan-Apr 2015 and subsequent changes in population

08 Jul 2017 description

Verified Population - May 2017

2,747*

Population profile

Gender

Female 51% Male 49%

Age

18 years and above: 53%

5-17 years: 33%

Below 5 years: 14%

Ethnicity

Karen 94% Mon 3% Other 3%

Religion

Christian 84% Buddhist 16%

*According to Verification Exercise conducted from Jan-Apr 2015 and subsequent changes in population

Governance

07 Jul 2017 description

June 2017 extended the spell of “exceptional global warmth” that has now lasted since mid-2015, according to the latest analysis from the Europe Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change Service. Average surface air temperatures were the second hottest on record, after June 2016.

07 Jul 2017 description

Verified Population - May 2017: 2,369 *

*According to Verification Exercise conducted from Jan-Apr 2015 and subsequent changes in population

Background

Ban Mae Surin camp, so-called Site 2, was established in 1992 to accommodate some 150 refugee families who fled an armed conflict from Myanmar. It is the site of many refugee camp consolidation, where the camp population expanded following relocation the former Site 4 and Site 6 in 1996.