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12 Oct 2015 description

Pledges confirmed since 2013: 96,688
Additional places/visas granted under other forms of admission: 14,074
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 19,646
TOTAL places made available to date: 130,408

12 Oct 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Monday 10/12/2015 - 04:56 GMT

Australian doctors Monday ramped up pressure on the government over its hardline policy on asylum-seekers, saying children they treat from immigration centres should not be returned to detention where conditions could harm them.

Thousands of Australians rallied over the weekend urging Pacific island detention camps be shut, and medical professionals at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne are reportedly refusing to discharge asylum-seeker patients if they are to be locked up again.

09 Oct 2015 description

Sydney, Australia | AFP | Friday 10/9/2015 - 03:15 GMT

Australia said Friday it is in talks with the Philippines to send refugees there, but refused to confirm reports of a Aus$150 million (US$109 million) deal to expand its controversial resettlement policy.

Under Australia's hardline policy to stop asylum-seeker boats reaching its shores, those arriving by sea are denied resettlement in Australia, even if found to be genuine refugees.

09 Oct 2015 description

08-10-2015 - Media reports in recent days claiming the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre is in ‘lockdown’ and that recently transferred detainees have been assaulted are wrong.

There is no truth to these claims, and the Department has consistently provided media outlets with clear responses to these allegations.

Media reports have focused specifically on claims that registered sex offenders recently transferred to Christmas Island have been “bashed”.

08 Oct 2015 description

Nicole Hasham

About 150 asylum seekers on Nauru face being sent home as the island's government works through about 600 remaining refugee claims.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.

08 Oct 2015 description

Australia is refusing to grant an abortion to the Somali woman who was raped after Canberra sent her to Nauru.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Voice of America

SYDNEY—Australia’s High Court is considering a challenge to the legality of the country’s offshore processing system for asylum seekers. Under hardline policies, Australia transfers unauthorized migrants who arrive by boat to camps in the South Pacific on the tiny island republic of Nauru and in Papua New Guinea.

The High Court challenge has been brought on behalf of a woman from Bangladesh who was flown from Nauru to Australia for medical treatment and has insisted it is too dangerous for her to return.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre

Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

05 Oct 2015 description

Advocate: meaningless gesture given threat of violence

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, October 5, 2015) – Asylum seekers on Nauru are to be allowed to move freely around the island from today.

Nauru's Department of Justice and Border Control posted a notice on Friday saying Open Centre arrangements at the asylum seeker detention centre would be expanded to allow asylum seekers freedom of movement 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

05 Oct 2015 description

Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | Monday 10/5/2015 - 06:14 GMT

Nauru announced Monday that asylum-seekers at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island will no longer be locked up, saying they will instead be free to roam around the tiny nation.

The Nauru government said the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) had been converted into an "open centre", giving its inhabitants freedom of movement.

It also promised to process all outstanding refugee claims for those living in the centre -- about 600 of them -- within a week.

05 Oct 2015 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children has welcomed the Nauruan government’s decision to make the immigration processing centre on Nauru open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

“The round the clock opening of the immigration centre on Nauru will make a positive difference in the lives of those previously detained at the centre. Now these children and families who have sought asylum but previously been locked up, will instead be able to move about the island freely and when they choose,” Save the Children Acting CEO Mat Tinkler said.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.

30 Sep 2015 description
report Jakarta Post

thejakartapost.com, Jakarta | National | Mon, September 28 2015, 2:31 PM

Oxfam and the Bima administration, with the support of the Australian Government Aid Agency (AusAID) on Monday launched it as a role model of a disaster resilient city.

First launched in 2012, the Disaster Resilient City project has continued under cooperation between Oxfam and its local partner,Institute for the Development of Democratic Participation and the People's Economy (LP2DER), with the support of the Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (AIFDR).

25 Sep 2015 description

GENEVA (25 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crépeau, today announced the postponement of his planned official visit to Australia due to the lack of full cooperation from the Government regarding protection concerns and access to detention centres.

25 Sep 2015 description

Canberra will accept at least 250 of the 12,000 Syrian refugees Australia vowed to resettle in the wake of conflict in the Middle East.

The ACT Government has already begun preparations for when people arrive, but said it was too early to tell when that would be.

Earlier this month former prime minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would accept 12,000 extra refugees affected by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Yvette Berry said the ACT Government would resettle at least 250 of them, but she was open to accepting more.

24 Sep 2015 description
report Save the Children

New PM brings hope, but Malcolm Turnbull must act and immediately remove all children from immigration detention: Save the Children

Save the Children is calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to visit the Australian-run offshore processing centre on Nauru and commit to five urgent changes to improve the wellbeing of detained asylum seekers, particularly children.

24 Sep 2015 description

Syrians who have come to Australia by boat and are being held in detention centres are pleading for the Government to accept them as part of its special intake of 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

In early September then-prime minister Tony Abbott announced Australia would settle refugees from Iraq and Syria, who had sought safety in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon.

But Mr Abbott said people who had used people smugglers or gone beyond the first country of refuge would not be considered.

24 Sep 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere


As of 31 August, there were 438 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China. From 1 to 31 August 2015, 153 dengue cases were reported. Number of cases in the month of August in 2015 has increased, however was lower than the same period of 2014 and 2013.