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26 Apr 2017 description

At 28 February 2017, there were 1,383 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,119 in immigration detention on the mainland and 264 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 550 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,760 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

22 Apr 2017 description

The Senate
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee

Chair's foreword

Australia's policy of offshore processing has been the subject of a number of Senate inquiries. These inquires have been highly critical of many aspects of the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) policy.
The evidence which this committee has received has fallen primarily within three main areas:

  • the operation and administration of RPCs, including service delivery, incident reporting, and health, safety and welfare;

07 Apr 2017 description

The leaders of Australia and Nauru have discussed the future of Canberra's detention camp on the island amid speculation the centre may close.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Apr 2017 description

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing” regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a “Refugee Processing Centre” on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. The policy is designed to be punitive and has been widely promoted by a succession of Australian governments as a deterrent to potential asylum-seekers.

05 Apr 2017 description

By Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel with additional reporting by Stephanie Anderson

Officials from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now on Manus Island fingerprinting and photographing refugees as part of the US-Australia refugee deal.

The officials are expected to spend three days on the island and plan to return to conduct further interviews at the end of this month.

Refugees who have expressed interest in moving to the United States have been provided with documents outlining the support that will be provided should they be accepted.

04 Apr 2017 description

By PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek

Audiences around the world will soon have the chance see what life is like inside one of Australia's offshore detention centres.

An Iranian refugee in the Manus Island detention centre has released a feature film he shot from inside its walls.

Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist who continues to write articles from detention, shot the film entirely on a mobile phone.

He worked with a Dutch-Iranian director to put it together, giving audiences a unique insight into a place where the media is not allowed to go.

30 Mar 2017 description

President’s introduction

The Commission published its inaugural Snapshot Report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights in October 2013. The intent of the Report was to provide parliamentarians, key commentators and the community with a clear understanding of the human rights issues that arise from Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies. This new edition of the Snapshot Report is updated to reflect on the significant developments in law and policy over the past three years.

28 Mar 2017 description

The United Nations refugee agency will refer at least 850 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru for US resettlement, in one of the first signs of how the deal is progressing.

The deal to resettle the refugees was first announced last year while Barack Obama was president.

But for months there has been speculation about the refugee deal, after US President Donald Trump labelled it a "bad deal" during an infamous phone call with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

28 Mar 2017 description

03-03-2017 - This statement provides an update on Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) activities related to the on-water reception and processing of illegal maritime arrivals.

The reporting period is from 1 February 2017 to 28 February 2017.

During this reporting period there were no illegal maritime arrivals transferred to Australian Immigration authorities.

No illegal maritime arrivals were transferred to regional processing centres (RPCs).

16 Mar 2017 description

By Corinne Ambler, IFRC

Red Cross staff and volunteers are scaling up efforts to tackle outbreaks of dengue fever which have been confirmed in at least nine Pacific Island Nations. The Solomon Islands has experience the highest number of cases, with more than 10,000 suspected infections since a dengue outbreak was declared in October 2016.

15 Mar 2017 description

By political reporter Stephanie Anderson

The United States could resettle no-one from Australia's offshore immigration centres and still argue it has honoured its deal with the Turnbull Government, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

But DFAT maintains that it expects the United States will take in large numbers of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru, as part of the deal brokered in the closing weeks of the Obama administration.