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27 Feb 2017 description

By Chloe Hart

The Immigration Department has cut the length of time asylum seekers have to apply for protection visas from one year to 60 days which could deny up to 11,000 people the ability to claim asylum.

Those waiting for a lawyer to help them with their visa application have received letters from the department informing them of the new deadline.

The change could result in many losing their right to protection or bridging visas as well as their right to work and access health and welfare services.

27 Feb 2017 description

By political reporters Stephanie Anderson and Julie Doyle

Key points:

  • Department told Senate Estimates Committee US officials yet to start vetting refugees
  • Australia and the US made the deal under the Obama administration
  • Immigration Department still confident refugees will be resettled in the coming months

The Immigration Department says United States officials have not started the vetting process for refugees currently held on Nauru and Manus Island.

25 Feb 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world.

This map shows the different transit routes in Southeast Asia. #MissingMigrants

23 Feb 2017 description

At 31 January 2017, there were 1351 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1082 in immigration detention on the mainland and 269 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 568 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,252 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

22 Feb 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world.

This map shows the different transit routes in Southeast Asia. #MissingMigrants.

22 Feb 2017 description

Lawyers in Australia taking a class action on behalf of Manus Island detainees say the case will determine whether their detention amounts to false imprisonment.

Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International

22 Feb 2017 description

Introduction

The world is in the midst of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Yet Australia’s approach in recent years has been to punish people seeking asylum, while increasing the numbers of refugees it resettles. This contrasting approach threatens the long and proud history Australia has of successful integration of refugee communities.

This report reflects what we have heard from refugees and people seeking asylum, and the people supporting them. We thank all of the people who contributed to this report.

22 Feb 2017 description
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Visit to Fiji

I will visit Fiji from 19 to 21 February on the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit Fiji on 20 February 2016 and resulted in the tragic death of 44 Fijians.

During my visit, I will attend a formal commemoration service in Suva.

I will visit the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) which, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is growing seedlings to help communities recover from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

17 Feb 2017 description

The Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (APGPD) welcomes the commitment by the Australian Government to continue funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s work with women during humanitarian crises. Over 800 women and girls are dying every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Three in five preventable maternal deaths occur in conflict, displacement and natural disasters.

17 Feb 2017 description

Asylum seekers on Manus Island pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to their countries, or face deportation

  • Failed asylum seekers offered up to $25k to voluntarily go home

  • About 860 men held on PNG's Manus Island under Australian policy

  • Australia says "substantial assistance" offered to non-refugees

  • Increased urgency comes amid doubts about US refugee swap plan

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

16 Feb 2017 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2,076 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

16 Feb 2017 description

About a dozen refugees detained by Australia on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island were interviewed on Wednesday for possible resettlement in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

15 Feb 2017 description
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Submission argues ICC should investigate possible crimes ‘committed by individuals and corporate actors’

Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime could constitute a crime against humanity, a petition before the International Criminal Court from a coalition of legal experts has alleged.

Read more on the Guardian.

15 Feb 2017 description

A team of contractors has arrived on Australia's detention centre on Manus Island to begin interviews with refugees about resettlement in the United States.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

13 Feb 2017 description

RESEARCH PAPER SERIES, 2016-17, UPDATED 19 DECEMBER 2016

Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre

13 Feb 2017 description

Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary

At 31 December 2016, there were 1364 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1101 in immigration detention on the mainland and 263 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 566 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 25,810 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.