Email By Papua New Guinea correspondent Natalie Whiting Updated September 11, 2019 09:14:49 Photo: These Sri Lankan refugees from Manus Island have recently been moved to Port Moresby. (ABC News: Natalie Whiting) Related Story: Manus Island refugees offered voluntary relocation to Port Moresby Related Story: Refugees to receive Aboriginal 'passports' as activists sail for Manus Island Related Story: Australia and PNG agree to extend contracts for Manus Island asylum seeker services Map: Papua New Guinea After six years, Australia's asylum seeker processing on Manus Island is coming to an end. Key points:Refugees held on Manus Island are being transferred to Port MoresbyThe men are currently being housed in hotels around the cityNon-refugees are being kept in a new Australian-funded detention centre About 1,300 men were originally sent to the Papua New Guinean province, but fewer than 350 remain in the country.The vast majority of them are now in the capital Port … [Read more...] about Manus Island refugee processing is coming to an end — but what happens now?
Video PlayerClose Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (2nd L, front), Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar (3rd L, front), Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (3rd R, front) and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (2nd R, front) walk in downtown Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the Slovenia-Benelux summit, on Feb. 6, 2018. Slovenia made a compromise proposal for harmonizing the positions of EU members on refugee quotas and solidarity as Slovenia-Benelux summit was held in Ljubljana on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Matic Stojs) LJUBLJANA, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- Slovenia made a compromise proposal for harmonizing the positions of EU members on refugee quotas and solidarity as Slovenia-Benelux summit was held in Ljubljana on Tuesday. Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar hosted the meeting which also focused on the EU's future and highlighted the need for the bloc's modernization, according to the Slovenian Press Agency STA. Cerar, his Luxembourg counterpart Xavier Bettel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte … [Read more...] about Slovenia-Benelux leaders discuss EU refugee quotas
Email Updated November 15, 2019 16:34:14 Video: I didn't trust the Australian government: Behrouz Boochani (ABC News) Related Story: Refugee Behrouz Boochani has left PNG and doesn't plan on returning Related Story: Text by text, this refugee is challenging a system Related Story: Manus Island detainee Behrouz Boochani wins Australia's richest literary prize Map: New Zealand Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani says he may seek asylum in New Zealand rather than resettle in the United States as recently agreed. Key points:Mr Boochani said he was considering extending his visitor's visa in New ZealandHe was recently accepted for resettlement in the US and is looking into whether he could fly from New Zealand to the USThe refugee plans to campaign for the release of detainees and is looking forward to living "as a free man" Mr Boochani landed in New Zealand on Thursday night on a visitor's visa to speak at the Word Literary Festival in Christchurch about his … [Read more...] about Behrouz Boochani may seek asylum in New Zealand and will campaign for PNG detainees’ freedom
Email By political reporter Jackson Gothe-Snape Updated February 12, 2019 23:48:06 Photo: The Government says the final group of children on Nauru are set to be transferred. (AP: Jason Oxenham) Related Story: Security fears prompt Labor to revise proposed asylum seeker medical evacuation laws Related Story: Morrison's government the first to lose a vote on its own legislation in decades Map: Australia Asylum seekers diagnosed by doctors as needing medical attention in Australia haven't yet been placed on planes. Key points:The lower house of Parliament approved a law expanding medical access for asylum seekersThe Government did not support the law, triggering a historic defeatThe amended bill still needs to pass the Senate then come into law for new medical transfers to happen That's despite a bill passing the House of Representatives, against the Government's will, on Tuesday expanding medical transfers for people on Manus Island and Nauru.This is why and what happens … [Read more...] about What now for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in need of medical evacuation?
Email By Paul Farrell Updated December 04, 2018 20:55:29 Photo: 7.30 has obtained details of Transitory Persons Complex Case Review Committee's meetings. (ABC News) Related Story: Nauru mental health situation akin to 'victims of torture', MSF says Related Story: Phelps flags bill to get children off Nauru, but she needs at least one Government MP to back it Related Story: Asylum-seeker children likely to be off Nauru by year's end: Brandis Map: Australia A secret Australian government body tasked with making decisions on medical transfers from Nauru discussed eradicating a longstanding requirement that medical care in offshore facilities must meet "Australian standards", according to internal documents.7.30 can reveal highly confidential details of the Transitory Persons Committee, a body comprised of senior public servants in the Department of Home Affairs.The committee serves as a crucial decision-making body for considering transfers of asylum seekers and refugees … [Read more...] about The secret committee determining medical transfers from Nauru and Manus Island