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18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description

Summary

At 31 January 2018, there were 1287 people in immigration detention facilities, including 953 in immigration detention on the mainland and 334 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 447 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 19,129 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

14 Feb 2018 description

Countless people die during an armed conflict. Many are separated from their families and loved ones. There are others who go missing. The armed conflict in Sri Lanka between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam separated families. Mr Periyasamy Ramaiah never thought his family would be torn in two. Almost three decades later, when he had started to believe he would die before his family was reunited, the seemingly impossible happened.

05 Feb 2018 description

Overview

The vast majority of those returned to Turkey are nationals from countries other than Syria. The majority are Pakistani nationals (42 per cent of total). Syrians constitute 16 per cent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Bangladeshis and Afghans.