Refugee Council says 400 people lost their payments from the Status Resolution Support Services program in August
Department of Home affairs says the SRSS program is only designed to provide short-term aid
UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights describes the move as 'ruthless'
The Federal Government has started cutting off support payments to asylum seekers living in Australia as they wait for their refugee claims to be assessed.
By Anne Barker
Vietnamese community leaders fear a group of suspected asylum seekers found in Queensland are part of a potential flood of people fleeing human rights abuses and state seizure of their land in Vietnam.
By Kristy Sexton-McGrath, Brendan Mounter and staff
A group of suspected asylum seekers found in far north Queensland have been taken to Christmas Island for processing, the Federal Government has confirmed.
A spokesperson for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the 17 suspected asylum seekers had been transferred to detention on Christmas Island and were being interviewed in detention.
Canberra, Australia: The Refugee Council of Australia has today joined a renewed campaign to pressure Australia’s political leaders to bring the 119 children currently trapped on Nauru, to Australia.
The #KidsOffNauru Campaign, driven by Australia’s prominent humanitarian and refugee sector organisations, is calling for the urgent evacuation of children off the island and brought to Australia.
SYDNEY — Despite a call for more migrants and refugees to be resettled beyond Australia's big cities, new figures show finding work can be tough. Refugees from a special 2015 humanitarian intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq who moved to regional parts of Queensland have run into problems getting a job. Only one in five are employed, and some have abandoned their initial plans and moved to a large city.
At 30 June 2018, there were 1347 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1108 in immigration detention on the mainland and 239 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 368 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,4 20 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
Today marks five years since the Australian government started sending everyone coming by boat to seek asylum to languish in offshore detention centres in the Pacific, never to be resettled in Australia. In those five years, 12 people have died, families have been torn apart, and over 3,000 children and adults have endured enormous mental and physical harm. Yet the Australian government celebrates the policy as a ‘success’, and other parts of the world are now looking to the Australian way as a potential ‘solution’.
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family in Sydney by the Government of Australia. The deportation overnight of the father leaves his Sri Lankan partner, who is a recognized refugee, alone in Australia with their 11-month-old daughter.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics Summary
At 31 May 2018, there were 1344 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1070 in immigration detention on the mainland and 274 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 368 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,668 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Home Affairs systems
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
Need to Protect Witnesses as Probe Uncovers Special Forces’ Assault, Murder
Senior Researcher, Afghanistan
The accounts are both shocking and horribly familiar.
Soldiers acting as if they were above the law assault and murder civilians in a barbaric competition to outdo each other. New recruits compelled to prove themselves by killing. The victims are not enemies in battle but the elderly, men with disabilities, a farmer on his way to buy flour – essentially anyone who can’t fight back.
Over the past 25 years, people have been supported while seeking asylum through a basic living allowance and limited casework. These support programs were designed so that people can more effectively resolve their claims for protection. In the past few years, and especially since August 2017, the Australian Government has been making it harder for people to access these support programs.
For years, Australia has been punishing people who need our protection. We have been turning back the boats which were carrying them to safety, and shipping and warehousing them in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. If they make it to mainland Australia, we have been detaining them indefinitely and, once they are released, leaving them to struggle in the community without support.
Caroline Lenette Senior Lecturer, UNSW
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In the next few months of 2018, the Australian Department of Home Affairs plans to drastically cut support to people seeking asylum. This is likely to leave more than 7,500 people hungry and homeless, most of them living in the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.
Immigration Detention And Community Statistics
At 26 April 2018, there were 1369 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1065 in immigration
detention on the mainland and 304 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.
A further 457 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 17,980 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.
The table below reflects figures based on records in Department of Home Affairs systems.
In 2017, a wide range of actors from across the Australian refugee sector and movement worked together to articulate a platform for reform of Australian refugee policy in 2018 and beyond. The contributors included: people from refugee backgrounds, NGOs, community groups, academics and grassroots organisations. As such, the views expressed here are informed by a broad cross section of expertise from across Australia. A list of associated organisations and groups is listed below.
Australia's High Court has rejected the refugee claims of three asylum seekers on Nauru because they could find somewhere safe to live in their homelands.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International.
Last night’s federal budget rejected the recent, strong recommendation from fellow OECD governments for Australia to reverse the dramatic reduction in our contribution to international aid and development over the last four years. As the 13th largest economy in the world, Australia has slid to the bottom end of OECD countries in this area.
The Federal Government has kept its ‘foot on the throat’ of the Australian aid budget, despite its improved revenue, concerns about China’s rising influence in the region and contrasting with the $3.8 billion previously announced loans scheme for arms dealers.
Total aid spending this year will be $4.16 billion in 2018/19 ($3.9b 2017/18) or just 0.23% of national income – and entrenching Australia as one of the lowest aid contributors. Australia now ranks 19th out of the 29 nations that give aid in Gross National Income.