Today I joined Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Karunanayake to announce the Australian Government will provide life-saving support through the World Health Organization (WHO) to help combat a severe dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka.
Dengue is an insidious virus that emerges quickly when the conditions are right and in its severe form, it can be fatal. According to WHO, 50 to 100 million infections occur each year in over 100 countries – putting almost half the world's population at risk.
Education is vital to maintaining a sense of normality in protracted displacement. With the support of Australian Aid, Union Aid Abroad – APHEDA provides inclusive early education to vulnerable Syrian and Palestinian refugees in camp communities in Beirut, Lebanon.
Today I announce that the Australian Government will provide humanitarian assistance to Myanmar.
Conflict has left more than 520,000 people in need of assistance in Myanmar, including over 210,000 people displaced in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine States. In addition, over 100,000 people displaced by conflict remain in refugee camps on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
Assistance of $16 million will provide education, health services, shelter and livelihood support for affected communities, as well as funding to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence.
We, the Interior Ministers, Immigration Ministers, and Attorneys General of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States met in Ottawa on June 26, 2017, to discuss both national security challenges facing our nations and proactive areas for collaboration.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary
At 31 May 2017, there were 1400 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1113 in immigration detention on the mainland and 287 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 542 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 22,701 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.