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23 Jun 2017 description

Switzerland - On 20 June 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Governments of Australia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) co-hosted an event exploring good practices on migration governance at the United Nations Office in Geneva.

23 Jun 2017 description

Pakistan – The Government of Australia and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) have launched a two-year, AUD 4 million (USD 3 million) project to assist undocumented Afghans in their host communities in Pakistan, as well as those who wish to return to Afghanistan.

22 Jun 2017 description

As pressure mounts on refugees to leave the Manus Island detention centre, legal experts warn Australia could be flouting international law.

After four years of imprisonment in Papua New Guinea, asylum seekers are being returned to the countries they fled.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

22 Jun 2017 description

DHAKA – The Australian Government has announced additional support of AUD3.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.

Undernutrition and food insecurity are at crisis levels in Cox’s Bazar and poverty is well above the national average. More than 30,000 people live in official refugee camps and more than one hundred thousand others are in makeshift camps or hosted in the community.  

22 Jun 2017 description

Media release

22 June 2017

I am pleased to announce that four members of the Australian Parliament will travel to Papua New Guinea from 24-30 June to observe the national election.

Mr Andrew Laming MP, Ms Cathy McGowan AO, MP, Senator Claire Moore and Senator Linda Reynolds CSC will observe polling activities with staff from the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.

21 Jun 2017 description

Two million Australian dollars to support crucial reproductive health care and address violence against women among internally displaced people and returning migrants

Kabul 20 June 2017 - The Government of Australia has stepped up its long-running support for the crucial work the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, does in Afghanistan with a pledge of two million Australian dollars for emergency reproductive health care and supplies along with services to tackle violence against women among internally displaced people and returning migrants.

21 Jun 2017 description

Every Home Global Concern’s (EHGC) Malawi Food Security Project is making a dramatic impact in the lives of the most vulnerable in Malawi's North. It focuses on some of the most basic needs of humanity, including the provision of food and drinking water and the eradication of disease.

20 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS . - By 18 June, the overall number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia shrunk to 6,324. 92% were accommodated in 18 governmental centres.
- Some centres remained overcrowded, especially the Transit Centres (TC) in Adasevci, Principovac and Sombor, where over 300 refugees and migrants, including UASC, are accommodated in temporary emergency shelters of rub halls or tents (below chart refers). On 17 June, authorities transferred 148 men and boys, most from Pakistan, from Sombor TC to Presevo Reception Centre (RC).

20 Jun 2017 description

World Refugee Day is a chance to celebrate Australia's Humanitarian Programme and focus on the great contribution humanitarian entrants make to Australia.

Australia is one of the few countries in the world to welcome Yazidi refugees who were facing genocide at the hands ISIS because of their religious beliefs. Since settling in regional New South Wales they have embraced and adopted the Australian way of life.

20 Jun 2017 description

Today on World Refugee Day I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to support Afghan refugees in Pakistan, people returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries, and Afghan people who have been displaced by conflict.

The United Nations estimates over 3.3 million Afghan people are currently displaced across Afghanistan and Pakistan. Additionally, since January 2016 over 1.1 million people have returned to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries. Many returnees are in urgent need of assistance with resettlement and reintegration.

20 Jun 2017 description

Today I announce that the Australian Government is providing humanitarian assistance to civilians displaced by the conflict in Marawi City in the southern Philippines.

The Australian Government is providing food and other supplies valued at $920,000 to help meet the urgent needs of more than 320,000 displaced people.

Our support includes the provision of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, and water and sanitation kits through the Philippine Red Cross to assist 1000 displaced families.

16 Jun 2017 description
report AngliCORD

Anglican Overseas Aid is part of a consortium of eight church-based organisations which has been chosen as one of the successful agencies that tendered for the Australian Government’s Australian Humanitarian Partnership (AHP). The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) made the announcement at a launch in Brisbane on Friday 16 June.

16 Jun 2017 description

Today I announce a new partnership with six Australian NGOs to help reduce the impact of disasters and humanitarian crises, particularly in the Pacific.

Working with the Australian NGOs – Care, Caritas, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision – the Australian Government will provide $50 million over five years to boost local capacity for disaster preparedness and response in Pacific countries.

16 Jun 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Exposure to hazards has turned generation after generation of Filipinos into one of the most resilient people in the world. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean in the east and sitting along the Pacific Rim of Fire, the Philippines - with its population of 102 million - currently ranks third highest in the world in disaster risk according to the 2016 World Risk Report. In times of emergency and disaster, women - especially pregnant mothers - and girls, become more vulnerable to a range of health and social risks.

15 Jun 2017 description

Today I announce a new partnership agreement between the Australian Government and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to help meet the most urgent humanitarian needs in our region and around the world.

Australia and the ICRC have worked in partnership for more than 40 years. With unparalleled access to victims of armed conflict, the ICRC plays a critical role in ensuring Australian assistance reaches those most in need.

14 Jun 2017 description

The Commonwealth has agreed to pay $70 million in compensation to more than 1,900 asylum seekers who spent time on Manus Island between 2012 and 2016.

It has agreed to an in-principle settlement of the case** **brought by the asylum seekers, which was set to begin in the Victorian Supreme Court today, in a case which had been years in the making.

13 Jun 2017 description


  • The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants continued to slowly decline, with 6,471 counted in Serbia on 11 June. 92% of them were accommodated in 18 governmental shelters (below chart refers).

12 Jun 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-fifth session 6-23 June 2017
Agenda item 3

Note by the Secretariat

The Secretariat has the honour to transmit to the Human Rights Council the comments by the State on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants on his mission to Australia and the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru.

Response to recommendations

11 Jun 2017 description
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Baghdad, 11 June 2017 – The Government of Australia has contributed an additional US$1.5 million to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives in areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings Australia’s total contribution to FFS to almost US$3 million to date.