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  1. News - Asia - REFUGEES

    Australia denies refugee policy failure

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 02:34pm

    ... announced on Wednesday that some asylum-seekers would be released into the community on severely restricted visas that would still apply even if they gained refugee status. The temporary visas deny ... of Social Service condemned temporary visas as a “new low” in the treatment of refugees and described it as a “a clear abdication of our moral, humanitarian and international legal obligations”. ...

  2. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australia dispatches refugees to Nauru for first time since 2008

    Posted Sep 15th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Refugees land in Nauru for first time since 2008 The first planeload of asylum seekers sent to the tiny Pacific nation of Nauru arrived yesterday as part ... Guinea's Manus Island as a way of deterring refugees from paying people smugglers to bring them to Australia. It follows a flood of boatpeople this year, with some 10,000 arriving so far, many ...

  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    13 dead, dozens missing as boat sinks en route to Australia

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 11:18am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... policies banishing refugees to the remote Pacific. It is a sensitive political issue expected to dominate the campaign ahead of September’s parliamentary election, with the conservative opposition ...

  4. Rudd's U-turn on refugees a mixed message to Asia

    Posted Oct 27th 2009, 12:00am by Greg Barns

    ... Australia is geographically a part of the region, it is still a closed Anglo-European society in the way it deals with Sri Lankans, Afghans and other refugees from Asian and Middle Eastern trouble ... out how it deals with asylum seekers and refugees. No issue has done more damage to Australia's reputation as a liberal, outward-looking and tolerant nation in recent years than ...

  5. 'Nation's friendliest town' split over Sudanese refugee families

    Posted Jan 15th 2007, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... 'I can only think that it's because we're black.' Mr Tombek is one of 25 Sudanese refugees who have settled in Tamworth, a country town set amid the parched brown hills ... commit crime. The three councillors who voted for the refugees will seek to have the decision overturned tomorrow at a council meeting. Councillor Warren Woodley has lobbied his colleagues hard ...

  6. Refugee centre for one

    Posted Feb 12th 2004, 12:00am by Nick Squires

    ... Nick Squires A multi-million-dollar refugee detention centre set up by Australia on an island in Papua New Guinea has housed just one asylum-seeker over the past six months. ... the centre acted as a deterrent to illegal refugees and the snakehead syndicates that tried to smuggle them into Australia. 'We shifted to offshore processing because we think that is what ...

  7. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Protesters heckle Australian leaders

    Posted Sep 07th 2013, 03:58pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and conservative rival Tony Abbott were both raucously heckled by refugee advocates on Saturday as Australia voted in a general election. In south Sydney, a group of protesters tried to block the path of the poll favourite opposition leader, screaming: “Refugees welcome, Abbott is not”. Security men intervened ...

  8. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian PM on the defensive over asylum-seekers

    Posted Aug 17th 2013, 03:57pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... with cracks appearing in his hardline refugee policy. Rudd’s so-called Papua New Guinea Solution allows people smuggled by boat to be sent to the impoverished Pacific nation even if found to be genuine refugees. But his PNG counterpart Peter O’Neill on Saturday indicated that the agreement was not open ended- as had previously been suggested- and there was a limit to the number ...

  9. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    Australian immigration chief defends visas for asylum seekers

    Posted Nov 23rd 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... into the community on severely restricted visas that would still apply even if they gain refugee status. The temporary visas will ban them from working, while offering scant financial support or rights ... of Social Service condemned temporary visas as a "new low" in the treatment of refugees and described it as a "clear abdication of our moral, humanitarian and international legal ...

  10. News - World - ASYLUM SEEKERS

    Nauru asylum seekers hunger strikes enters fifth day

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sydney Refugees' hunger strike enters fifth day Asylum seekers sent by Australia to the tiny island of Nauru entered the fifth day of a hunger strike yesterday, vowing to continue their protest indefinitely, refugee advocates said. The asylum seekers, men mostly from Sri Lanka but also from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and Iraq who arrived ...




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