Immigration to Australia

Inmates go on hunger strike

Fears have been voiced over the health of five inmates - all believed to be asylum seekers - who are on a hunger strike at Hong Kong's biggest immigration detention centre.

Friday, 23 September, 2011, 12:00am

Shadowy police detention gulag defies transparency calls

When police told 70-year-old Yu Hongzhi that his only son had died in one of their detention centres, they said that a hole had appeared in his heart after they cleaned a pimple. Disbelieving, Yu demanded an autopsy and the video of the interrogation.

25 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

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

While Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spent last weekend hustling his idea of a European-Union-style Asian community with open borders, his government was pandering to those Australians who are fretting about a handful of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and Afghanistan risking their lives on leaky boats in treacherous waters off the Indonesian coastline to get to Australia.

27 Oct 2009 - 12:00am


Rise in asylum seekers is a global problem

The article by Luke Hunt ('Policy shift 'led to surge in boat people Down Under',' August 14) creates the misleading impression that Australia's domestic immigration policies are the driving factors behind the current increase in irregular maritime arrivals to Australia.

19 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers still held despite ruling

The government will continue to detain about 400 asylum seekers whose removal is pending, three days after a court ruled the detentions were unlawful due to a lack of a clear policy.

22 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Pakistani tells of two-year hell in prison

When 'Khan' first arrived in Hong Kong from Pakistan to escape political persecution four years ago he did not expect it to be the start of another nightmare: two years in jail.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Unlucky country for some

Before being led away in handcuffs and betrayed by his adopted nation, Tony Tran could have been forgiven for thinking the so-called lucky country had done him a good turn.

The Vietnamese refugee whose parents fled to the United States was living the Australian dream: he had a job, owned a home and his new wife had just given birth to their first child.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers on 3-day hunger strike

Twenty-nine asylum seekers in a Tuen Mun immigration detention centre staged a three-day hunger strike this month to demand their release, sparking renewed calls for a government policy on asylum.

17 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Culture quiz even has dinky-di Australians stumped


Here's a question - who was the first prime minister of Australia? No idea? Anybody?

You're in good company. Most Australians would also struggle to name the rather forgettable Edmund Barton as the nation's first leader.

But this is just one of 200 questions which immigrants hoping to become Australian citizens will soon have to face.

30 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Australia to probe deaths of foreign workers

The Australian government has opened an inquiry into the recent deaths of three foreign labourers - including a mainlander who was crushed by a falling tree - who were in Australia under a controversial visa scheme.

26 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong woman in Australian legal limbo

A former Hong Kong resident who has been detained in Australia for six years as an illegal immigrant says she would rather die than be returned to the mainland.

Kwok Yin-fong was charged with bribery and corruption on the mainland, the same offences for which her husband was sentenced to death. They allegedly embezzled 1.4 million yuan of company funds.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Asylum seekers abused in HK, group alleges

Asylum seekers face physical and psychological abuse in Hong Kong detention centres as part of government tactics to force them out of the city, a concern group says.

7 May 2007 - 12:00am

Canberra tightens rules for English standards

Foreign students applying to enrol in Australian education institutions will face stricter tests of their English-language competency under changes to the skilled migration programme.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Four asylum seekers claim unlawful detention

Four asylum seekers are challenging the government's right to detain torture claimants for prolonged periods.

The Immigration Department had detained two men from Sri Lanka, one from Togo and another from Algeria pending their removal from Hong Kong.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Six asylum seekers restart hunger strike

Six asylum seekers at an immigration detention centre in Tuen Mun have resumed a hunger strike to press their demand for immediate release.

The hunger strikers, some of whom refused to eat for a week last month while demanding their bail applications be processed, stopped eating on Monday.

2 Aug 2006 - 12:00am