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- 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
By David Boyle and Hul Reaksmey
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.
This brief summarises the many changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum policies in recent years. These changes have largely been a political response to an increase in the number of people seeking asylum by boat (51,637 arrivals in the past five years) and in deaths at sea (at least 862 deaths over the same period). Both of Australia’s major political parties have responded by blocking access to protection in Australia and penalising those coming by boat.
Refugee and Humanitarian Program
Australia’s policy of offshore processing in Papua New Guinea and Nauru, which denies access to asylum in Australia for refugees arriving by sea without a valid visa, has caused extensive, avoidable suffering for far too long.
Four years on, more than 2,000 people are still languishing in unacceptable circumstances. Families have been separated and many have suffered physical and psychological harm.
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.
By Madeline Gleeson
What is offshore processing?
Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee claims are determined. Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process refugee claims.
Australia launches International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery
In Bali earlier today, Minister Bishop launched Australia’s International Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery. It demonstrates our commitment to being a regional leader in the eradication of these crimes, which result in the gravest violation of humans rights and have a detrimental impact on sustainable development and regional security.
The single biggest cut to Australia’s aid budget since the beginning of the aid program: Almost $1 billion was cut from 2015-16, representing a 20% cut for the year. The budget also confirms $2.7 billion of additional cuts in 2016-17 and 2017-18. By 2016-17, total Australian Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) as a share of Gross National Income (GNI) will fall to 0.22%. This is the lowest ever level since records began.
Phnom Penh Has Low Capacity, Poor Record on Refugees, Asylum Seekers
(Sydney, April 30, 2015) – Australia should withdraw plans to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia in the face of continuing abuses against those already in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia should reject its deal with Australia and focus on providing proper protections to the refugees and asylum seekers already on its soil.
*Australia has rejected refugees seeking asylum from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and sent them to the Pacific island nation of Nauru. Now, Australia is offering to pay them to move to Cambodia. *
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — Refugees from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia – who are being held on the Pacific atoll of Nauru after being rejected by Australia – could soon be paid to resettle in impoverished Cambodia in an arrangement by the Australian government that has been condemned by human rights activists as inhumane and potentially dangerous.
Mixed ows of urban asylum-seekers and migrants from South-West Asia, the Middle East and Africa continue to be the main protection feature in the subregion.
The central challenge for UNHCR is to assist States in shaping responses that balance concerns for border and migration control with the protection of asylumseekers’ rights.
PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - As Australia moves ahead with a plan to resettle some 1,000 refugees in Cambodia, its government is trying to change a range of laws so as to give it a freer hand to dismiss future asylum claims.
UNHCR is deeply concerned at the precedent set by today’s agreement between Australia and Cambodia to relocate refugees to Cambodia from Nauru.
Press conference, Canberra
Phnom Penh Has Poor Record on Refugee Protection, Basic Rights
An agreement between Cambodia and Australia to forcibly transfer asylum seekers to the Southeast Asian country should be scrapped, Amnesty International said today.
The call comes amid media reports that Cambodia has agreed a deal “in principle” to receive refugees and asylum seekers from Australia. These may include some of those held at Australian-run detention facilities in Nauru and on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.
Australia is edging closer to a new immigration deal, with the Cambodian government agreeing "in-principle" to take genuine refugees from Nauru.
Details of the plan have not been made public but the ABC has been told they would live in the community and be supported by local community organisations.
The Cambodian foreign ministry says it will form a committee to study the proposal and has told the ABC it will only take those refugees who voluntarily agree to go there.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he would welcome a decision by Cambodia to accept asylum seekers from Australia.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is in Cambodia, where he has held talks with the country's interior minister to follow up on an earlier request for the country to help resettle asylum seekers.
In February, the Cambodian government revealed that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had asked their country to accept some asylum seekers.
Mr Abbott says any cooperation or support Cambodia could provide would be appreciated.