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02 Mar 2017 description

Australia has ratcheted up efforts to clear the Manus Island detention centre of people who have twice had their refugee claims rejected

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) - Dozens of asylum seekers held in a detention centre in Papua New Guinea have elected to accept cash from Australia to return to their home countries, officials and refugees said, the largest exodus from the South Pacific camp in four years.

Read the full report on Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Mar 2017 description

2016-KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joint FAO-WFP support to Fiji Food Security & Livelihoods Cluster to complete Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery Needs & Vulnerability Assessment

  • Cluster support, such as (training, workshops and remote support) activities and plans proposed for Solomon Islands, Fiji, and Vanuatu

  • Joint WFP-UNDP-rPFSCsupport to Solomon Islands Rapid Sectoral Assessment and 72-hr assessment tool training for Makira earthquake response

01 Mar 2017 description

China
As of 31 January 2017, there were 34 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is a little higher than that reported during the same period in 2016 (28 cases) (Figure 1).

28 Feb 2017 description

28 February 2017 – The Government of New Zealand is collaborating with the United Nations Development Programme to design and secure financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) for a new generation of climate change adaptation projects for vulnerable Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific.

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.

24 Feb 2017 description

The “Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action” Compendium which was compiled by SPREP-FINPAC Project in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) and Environment and Climate Change Canada is a result of a first “writeshop” for climate services in the Pacific.

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.

23 Feb 2017 description
report Caritas

The El Nino of 2015/2016 was unforgiving, decimating crops, drying up water sources and cutting communities in the Papua New Guinea Highlands adrift, as they either suffered in remote areas or left home for lower altitudes in search of water and food.

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.

19 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces US$70 million water and sanitation support to PNG

WASHINGTON D.C., February 9, 2017 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a credit of US$70 million (PGK223 million) to support Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s water sector, improving access to clean and reliable water supply services for the population of nine provincial towns and 10 rural districts across PNG.

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
report Guardian

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

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, as islands from Papua New Guinea to Samoa experience simultaneous flooding in a "first time" event.

Heavy rains continue to fall across the South Pacific, causing flooding from Papua New Guinea's east to Samoa.

Parts of the Samoan capital, Apia, have flooded, with authorities advising families living near rivers to move to higher ground.

Mata'afa Keni Lese from the Samoa Observer says it is unusual to see flooding simultaneously across so many parts of the Pacific.