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20 Nov 2018 description

Five children have been evacuated from offshore detention in Nauru as Australian teachers prepare to strike on Universal Children's Day.

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16 Nov 2018 description

Refugee advocates say doctors are deeply concerned for the health of a three-year-old girl detained by Australia on Nauru.

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14 Nov 2018 description

Asher Hirsch

There are over 14,000 refugees living in limbo in Indonesia. Many came to Indonesia seeking to reach Australia or be resettled to another safe country. However, since the beginning of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, and the reduction of resettlement options, many have found themselves stranded, without basic rights.

14 Nov 2018 description

The Australian prime minister has distanced himself from reports that his government will transfer all refugee children from Nauru to Australia by the end of the year.

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13 Nov 2018 description

By Benjamin Robinson-Drawbridge, RNZ Pacific Journalist

The medical crisis among men detained on Manus Island has been overshadowed by the children's health crisis on Nauru, refugees and their advocates say.

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12 Nov 2018 description

Highlights/updates since the last map was sent on PacNet on 5 November 2018

The mumps outbreak in Vanuatu has been declared over. – Source: personal communication with country officials on 9 November 2018. – The alert has been removed from the map.

Additional information of relevance (e.g. imported cases with travel history to Pacific Island countries and territories):

08 Nov 2018 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Natalie Whiting

Papua New Guinea is clearing refugees out of its capital city ahead of next week's APEC summit.

More than 20 refugees from Manus Island who had been in Port Moresby for medical treatment have been sent to back to the island, and another 20 refugees who are still in Port Moresby will be flown out this week.

08 Nov 2018 description

Seventy-two percent of Manus Island refugees in the latest group applying for resettlement in the United States have been rejected.

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06 Nov 2018 description

Key points

  • 3,127 people have been sent to Nauru or PNG as part of offshore processing arrangements

As of 21 October 2018:

  • 1,278 people (including 52 children) are still on Nauru or PNG (note: this number is constantly changing with transfers, with the latest estimate by refugee groups being 27 children as of 5 November 2018)

  • 415 people have been resettled in the US, and 188 people have been rejected for US resettlement as of the same date

06 Nov 2018 description

Refugee advocates say eight children were flown to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment on Monday.

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02 Nov 2018 description
report Voice of America

By David Boyle and Hul Reaksmey

MELBOURNE —

Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia has expired and is “no longer an option” for the immediate future, the country’s Senate has been told.

Senator Richard Di Natale, the leader of the Australian Greens, pressed the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on the future of the agreement in a Senate Estimates Hearing last week, transcripts of which were released Thursday.

02 Nov 2018 description

Responding to the Australian government’s announcement that it will remove all children from its offshore detention centre on Nauru within two months, Charmain Mohammed, Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights at Amnesty International, said:

02 Nov 2018 description

A Manus Island refugee attempted suicide on Wednesday, dousing himself in petrol before others intervened.

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02 Nov 2018 description

Australia's Human Rights Law Centre has called for the Queensland company running the refugee detention centre on Nauru to walk away from its contract.

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31 Oct 2018 description

Key points: - Asylum seeker families detained on Nauru have been arriving in Adelaide
- The SA Government says children are receiving treatment in hospital
- A refugee advocate says they still face major uncertainty about the future

Asylum seekers from Nauru are receiving treatment at Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital, as children continue to be moved from the Pacific nation to Australia.

30 Oct 2018 description

At 31 August 2018, there were 1303 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1227 in immigration detention on the mainland and 76 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 413 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 16,673 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E

30 Oct 2018 description

Over 120 Australian aid and development NGOs have united behind a new resolution at their annual conference to up-the-ante in campaigning to get #KidsOffNauru in the face of political stagnation.

Members of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) voted to pass a resolution at their AGM to “shine a light on the children on Nauru” in their continuing advocacy “for political leaders to remove the children and their families from Nauru”.

CEO of ACFID, Marc Purcell, said:

29 Oct 2018 description
report Voice of America

Phil Mercer

SYDNEY — Australia wants to ban refugees that have been detained after arriving by boat and resettled in other countries from ever entering Australia. Ministers say the measures would stop migrants using the so-called ‘back door’ into the country.

29 Oct 2018 description

A senior emergency doctor from Melbourne has self-funded a trip to Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to assess the health of refugees.

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24 Oct 2018 description

The office of Immigration Minister Ian Lees Galloway has confirmed New Zealand's offer to resettle refugees from Australian offshore detention is for 150 per year.

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