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19 Mar 2017 description

by Lucy Fiske

Western nations are in retreat from their traditional willingness to take in refugees. The United States’ recent halving of its annual intake comes as Europe has spent billions of euros attempting to keep refugees from its jurisdiction, even briefly abandoning search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Australia, meanwhile, has used a system of “offshore processing” (indefinite incarceration on islands outside its jurisdiction and judicial and media oversight) to effectively prevent unauthorized arrivals by sea since 2013.

31 Dec 2016 description


  • 4,344 Persons of concern in immigration detention facilities

  • 637 Unaccompanied and separated children

  • 3,628 Individual RSD decisions finalized in 2016

  • 1,217 Refugees submitted for resettlement consideration in 2016

  • 1,271 Refugees resettled to third countries in 2016

Population of Concern

31 Oct 2016 description


  • 4,367 Persons of concern in immigration detention facilities

  • 612 Unaccompanied and separated children

  • 2,325 Individual RSD decisions finalized in 2016

  • 893 Refugees submitted for resettlement consideration in 2016

  • 1,000 Refugees resettled to third countries in 2016

Population of Concern

29 Feb 2016 description


  • 2,445 Identified people with specific needs*

  • 3,114 Individual RSD interviews conducted*

  • 3,216 Individual RSD decisions finalized*

  • 636 Refugees resettled to third countries*

    *Statistical information from 1 Jan 2015 – 29 Feb 2016

Population of Concern

  • A total of 13,829 persons of concern (refugees and asylum‐seekers) as of 29 February 2016
03 Jun 2015 description
report IRIN

CISARUA, 3 June 2015 (IRIN) - The plight of thousands of Rohingya asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in Myanmar and stranded at sea has focused the world’s attention on the obligations of governments in the region towards those in need of protection.

18 Dec 2014 description
report CARE

Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response

Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.

On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.

09 Apr 2014 description
report IRIN

JAKARTA/MAKASSAR, 9 April 2014 (IRIN) - Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target.

17 Dec 2013 description
report IRIN

MEDAN, 17 December 2013 (IRIN) - Dire conditions in Indonesia's immigration detention system fuel outbreaks of violence, human rights activists claim. Many facilities are located in remote parts of the country, sometimes as much as 2,000km from the capital, Jakarta.

24 Jun 2013 description
report Human Rights Watch

Children Seeking Refuge Find Abuse, Neglect

Detained, Beaten in Squalid Facilities, or Left to Fend for Themselves

(Jakarta) – Indonesia detains and neglects migrant and asylum-seeking children, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Each year, hundreds are detained in sordid conditions, without access to lawyers, and sometimes beaten. Others are left to fend for themselves, without any assistance with food or shelter.

12 Oct 2012 description
report Muslim Aid

Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tsunamis are examples of what many of us would call natural disasters. In fact they are examples of natural hazards that turn into disasters once villages, towns and cities have been affected. A lack in preparation to handle such perils leaves communities vulnerable to the damages caused. Thus it is important to establish methods and programmes to reduce the risks brought to humans by natural hazards, as well as programmes which enable local communities to come together to learn and develop new skills in preparing and responding to catastrophes.

27 Sep 2012 description

By Indonesia correspondent George Roberts

Indonesian authorities have arrested more than 120 asylum seekers who were trying to reach Australia.

Water police intercepted them at the mouth of a river in west Java as they attempted to make their way to the ocean and beyond to Australia.

On board were 126 asylum seekers from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but five managed to escape from authorities.

14 Mar 2012 description

The APRC Annual Report 2011 showcases our impact over the year highlighting results in priority areas of work, including: MDG acceleration and social protection; gender equality; climate change and crisis resilience. Finding effective approaches to these complex issues required thinking outside of the thematic silos and combining the knowledge and expertise of all APRC practice teams.

04 Nov 2011 description

Briefing Notes, 4 November 2011

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahečić – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 4 November 2011, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

29 Nov 2010 description
  • CWS continues response to families affected by Indonesian volcano

    - Flood-affected families in Pakistan receive continuing CWS assistance

    - Young woman in Rwanda relates CWS Giving Hope success story

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    - CWS Best Gifts


    As the Mt. Merapi volcano continues to threaten surrounding communities in Java, CWS responds to the needs of affected families.

06 Sep 2010 description

This issue of the NTS Alert offers an overview of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) as a means of improving longterm preparedness against the projected increase in frequency and intensity of natural hazards. It aims to provide a better understanding of DRR in relation to the holistic frameworks of disaster management, sustainable development and climate change adaptation.


Over the past decade, the world has witnessed several major natural disasters, from the boxing day tsunami in 2004, to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 and the recent floods in Pakistan in August 2010.

06 Jan 2010 description

HONG KONG, Jan 6 (Reuters) - More than 2 billion people, or a third of the world's total population, are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis is the world's seventh-leading cause of death. It killed 1.8 million people worldwide last year, up from 1.77 million in 2007. It is one of three primary diseases that are closely linked to poverty, the other two being AIDS and malaria.

Here are some key facts about tuberculosis:

* Tuberculosis is spread easily through the air.

03 Nov 2009 description


30 Oct 2009 description


"He is very curious about what is happening in the tent and he kept asking me to take him here," says Salmiati of her 16-month-old boy, Alif, as he peers into a tent full of children.