Asylum seekers in PNG test positive to coronavirus, prompting calls for them to be brought to Australia. Mohammad was placed on a temporary protection visa as a child — now he's seemingly stuck with it for life. Medevac refugees detained in Darwin hotel for 12 months, despite requesting return to Nauru. A group of 15 refugees have been detained in a Darwin hotel for almost 12 months, with their lawyers calling their detention "illegal" and "political imprisonment".
Key points: Some of the refugees held in Darwin have not received the medical treatment they were brought over forLawyers for the group say the detention they are in is "demeaning"The federal member for Solomon has asked for the group to be returned to Nauru Abbas Maghames, 33, is among the group who arrived in Darwin from Nauru for medical reasons on February 27 last year. The refugees have been detained in a complex adjacent to the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, which Australian Border Force classifies as an alternative place of detention. Medevac detainees have been freed after years in Australia's immigration detention system. Here's why, and what may happen next. Medevac detainees freed from Melbourne hotel after years in immigration detention. At least 45 refugees and asylum seekers have been freed from immigration detention in Melbourne, where some have spent more than a year detained in inner-city hotels, advocacy groups say.
Key points: Dozens of Medevac detainees have been freed from immigration detention in MelbourneMore have been told they'll be freed tomorrow, according to advocates and lawyersA Home Affairs spokesperson says Australia's immigration policy remains unchanged The men were allowed to leave the Park Hotel and the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) on Wednesday, according to Ian Rintoul from Refugee Action Coalition. Legal representatives for some of the men who were still detained said they had been told they would be freed tomorrow.
Christmas Island detention centre site of riot as detainees set fires. Efforts are underway to restore order after a disturbance at the Christmas Island immigration detention centre.
Key points: The detention centre currently houses criminals awaiting deportationFootage appears to show flames and detainees walking on the roofAn advocate says inmates are being kept in their compounds 22 hours a day The Australian Border Force (ABF) said a small number of detainees caused damage to the North West Point centre overnight and continue to refuse to follow the directions of authorities. A spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul, said it was believed detainees had set buildings ablaze in protest at living standards at the facility. Asylum seekers put their hands up to fill labour shortage in regional Victoria.
Just a few months ago, Mizamu Mahari could not have imagined he would be living on a farm two hours from Melbourne, gingerly stepping into a saddle on a horse.
"To be honest, it's not like the city," he said. The 28 year-old electrical specialist from Ethiopia is one of six asylum seekers who came from Melbourne in mid-November to help fill the huge demand for agricultural labour. "I've never been outside of the city, so I was afraid for the first time ... now, it's getting better and better and we adapt to this," Mr Mahari said. The athletics training group helping runners from all backgrounds get back on track. It's a cool weekday afternoon at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre, with the usual assortment of runners ranging from schoolkids to professionals going through their paces.
But at one end of the track, there's a group of world-class sprinters who run with a deeper purpose than most. It includes Ismail Dudu Kamara — a Sierra Leonean refugee who's running from fear of political persecution. There's Abdoulie Asim — an easy-going refugee from Gambia who's been cast out by his family because of his religion.
The softly spoken, heartbroken Isoken Igbinosun from Nigeria, who is struggling to survive. And the Australian women's 400 metres champion, Bendere Oboya, who nearly quit the sport due to mental health issues and a bitter split from her former coach. And at the centre is John Quinn, a man who's part-coach, counsellor, friend and father figure. Esperance Muginga-Kaigi found her new home lacking in African fare, but not for long. The smell of simmering garlic, bay leaves, rosemary and basil have escaped through the cracks in the door, luring passers-by into the restaurant.
Esperance Muginga-Kaigi fled war in Africa and came to Australia as a refugee She struggled to find African cuisine in TasmaniaMs Muginga-Kaigi now runs a cafe in Launceston's northern suburbs Vibrant table covers and curtains in red, blue and yellow enhance the warm and vibrant atmosphere inside the cafe. But it is the woman behind the counter, in the kitchen, who is the soul of the establishment. Asylum seekers on temporary visas left behind in economic recovery from coronavirus. When Nadia* got a call from her boss in March, as COVID-19 shut down much of the hospitality industry, she knew she was about to face one of the biggest challenges of her life.
Key points: Asylum seekers held under medevac laws moved to new Melbourne hotel with 15 minutes' notice, lawyers say. Dozens of police have escorted a busload of refugees through a crowd of protesters outside a hotel in Melbourne's north, where the men were being held.
Around 60 men have been moved from the Mantra hotel in PrestonDozens of protesters have gathered outside the hotel to support the menFive men brought to Australia under medevac laws were granted visas last week. Labour shortage during NT mango harvest gives Congolese refugees first job opportunity. The shortage of labour on the Northern Territory's mango orchards has given some Congolese refugees their first job opportunity.
Key points: A new program is encouraging willing refugees to join the harvest trail in the NTThe initiative has been set up amid labour shortages during the mango harvestFor some Congolese refugees, the harvest work is their first job opportunity in Australia Bachunge Furaha fled civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo five years ago and struggled to find a job in Australia, until now. This season, she worked in Nutrano Produce's mango packing shed in the NT town of Katherine, 300 kilometres south of Darwin. Portrait of Behrouz Boochani by Angus McDonald wins Archibald people's choice award - ABC News. A portrait of the Kurdish writer and refugee Behrouz Boochani has been voted the fan favourite at this year's Archibald Prize portrait exhibition.
Boochani was detained on Manus Island after arriving in Australia by boat in 2013, only managing to leave for New Zealand in 2019McDonald said winning the people's choice award was the "highest compliment"Boochani said he believed the work resonated with the public "because people see it as a symbol of hope and resistance" The oil painting by six-time Archibald prize finalist Angus McDonald depicts Boochani's piercing gaze. McDonald first contacted Boochani, a writer, poet, filmmaker and journalist, while creating a short film about Manus Island in 2018. Farhad Bandesh shocked to be a free man after eight years in refugee detention - ABC News. After eight years in detention, Farhad Bandesh walked out of Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation carrying his guitar.
Key points: Farhad Bandesh spent his first day of freedom campaigning for other asylum seekers to be freedMostafa Azimitabar is hopeful he too will one day be released from his Preston hotel roomLawyer Alison Battisson said the release of the five detainees opens the gate to others Three friends picked him up and took him straight to his impromptu 39th birthday party, complete with a cake and champagne. "I was shocked and born again, that was my feeling," he said. First asylum seekers brought to Australia from Manus Island, Nauru under medevac law granted visas - ABC News. Two asylum seekers brought to Australia for medical treatment under the now-repealed medevac legislation have been freed from detention. Key points: The Federal Government has granted visas to two asylum seekers brought to Australia under the medevac legislation The men are believed to be the first among that group to be issued visas that allow them to legally live in Australia Advocates say people brought to Australia under the medevac legislation have been in hotel rooms for 'nearly two years' They are believed to be the first of nearly 200 refugees and asylum seekers transported off Manus Island and Nauru for medical treatment under that law to be granted visas to legally reside in Australia.
The medevac amendment to the Migration Act was passed by Parliament against the Government's wishes in February 2019. It was repealed nine months later in December of that year. She said she also believed a court case would reveal the Government had no plan for the medevac refugees now in detention. Bank account shutdown hurting communities sending $10 billion a year to family overseas - ABC News. The multicultural miracle of Australia is also a $10 billion money machine, as residents support relatives abroad with payments called 'remittances'. Key points: Australians send $10 billion annually in remittances, helping family around the worldHuge fines for breaching money-laundering laws has seen banks close the accounts of legitimate businessesCustomers now have to deal in cash and are increasingly pushed to unregistered, underground operators That's the amount sent overseas annually, helping to float families around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced some young workers to financially support their entire family - ABC News.
Living paycheck to paycheck is a reality for millions of young Sydneysiders. Hundreds of asylum seekers like Rana and her family placed on six-month final departure bridging visas - ABC News. It was a letter that shook Rana*, her husband and their two children and left them facing an uncertain future. Refugee advocates fear an increased risk of homelessness because of COVID-19Rana and her family have been evicted from their Sydney homeCharities are forced to shoulder the burden of supporting these new visa holders. Federal court data breach sees names of protection visa applicants made public. Posted about 5 hours agoMon 30 Mar 2020, 9:03pm The names of hundreds of people seeking protection visas have been published on the website of the Federal Court in a catastrophic data breach that potentially puts asylum seekers at risk of harm.
Ocean 12 asylum-seeker cricket team embrace sport in Australia to 'forget past life' Updated 53 minutes agoFri 3 Jan 2020, 11:42pm. Australian terrorist Khaled Sharrouf bought her at a slave market. Now she wants justice. Posted about 4 hours agoFri 16 Aug 2019, 9:15pm. Australians raise $100k to resettle Manus Island and Nauru refugees in Canada. Posted about 3 hours agoTue 13 Aug 2019, 10:01pm. US migrant detention centres are overcrowded and families are still being separated - Donald Trump's America.
By Washington bureau chief Zoe Daniel in Carizzo Springs, Texas Updated about 5 hours agoSun 28 Jul 2019, 12:27am. Manus Island asylum seekers make friends with Australians online, but many do not want to come here. Posted about 2 hours agoWed 24 Jul 2019, 10:56pm Jill Horton is part of a large community of Australians who have reached out to asylum seekers, providing friendship and support. Key points: Australians are providing friendship to asylum seekers in detention centresDoctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, writers and activists are helping people in detention, especially concerning their mental health needsPeople are connecting online and organising lawyers and translators, as well as helping with applications and raising money for sponsorship.
Greens senator Nick McKim says he did 'nothing wrong' after deportation from Papua New Guinea. Updated yesterday at 2:02pmSat 20 Jul 2019, 2:02pm. Greens senator Nick McKim facing deportation from PNG after trying to visit Manus Island asylum seeker camp - Politics. Updated yesterday at 6:49amThu 18 Jul 2019, 6:49am. Refugees on Manus to receive Australian First Nations 'passports' from activists aboard sail boat. Why is the Morrison Government pushing for new terrorism legislation?
Asylum seeker rescue ship captain arrested after ramming into border police motorboat. PNG wants Australia to end security firm Paladin's Manus contract immediately. Refugee week: The number of globally displaced people reaches record high of 70.8 million. Asylum seeker on Manus Island sustains burns after setting himself on fire. Scott Morrison's Senate task a tad easier in the 46th Parliament - Politics. Biometric data is increasingly popular in aid work, but critics say it puts refugees at risk - Science News - ABC News.
Peter Dutton says boat arrivals will rise following court decision on medevac. ABC presenter Irena Ceranic fled the chaos of war in Bosnia for a new life in Western Australia. Federal Government under mounting pressure to resettle refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. Manus Governor demands action from Australia as Behrouz Boochani says self-harm has spiked. How a group of passionate locals are helping refugees find their 'home among the gum trees' Christmas Island locals not told of asylum seekers who arrived on boat from Sri Lanka. Manus Island in 'unprecedented crisis' as refugee self-harm surges after Australian election. Two Rwandan refugees resettled in Australia posed a danger, says US judge who rejected them. PNG refugee support workers 'directed to cook the books' to prepare for Australian audit. Why talking about religion won't help us understand terrorist attacks.
Scott Morrison says Federal Government is open to helping children of terrorists coming home. Federal Budget confirms Christmas Island detention centre to be closed, upsetting locals. Chinese authorities accused of intimidating Uyghurs in Australia. Two Edward Snowden refugees granted asylum status in Canada but five remain stuck in limbo.
'Egg Boy' says attack on Fraser Anning 'united people' after Christchurch shootings. Scott Morrison said all the right things after Christchurch attack, but his history tells another story. Scott Morrison tells Waleed Aly he always sought to confront Islamophobia, not exploit it. Man who tackled 'Eggboy' has outstanding warrant on charges relating to church incident. Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians. Nauru refugees exposed to asbestos after shipping containers dumped just metres away. Could a senator like Fraser Anning be expelled from Parliament for offensive statements? The Government says Australians will lose out on medical help if refugees are brought here for treatment. Is that correct?
Babies of refugees on Manus Island eligible for transfer under medevac bill, but confusion reigns. Manus play made with detainee Behrouz Boochani premieres at Adelaide Festival. Yazidi refugees urge Australia to help save their minority community. Sick asylum seekers deemed 'a risk' to Australia to be sent to Christmas Island. The caliphate is gone, but damage runs deep in Raqqa. 'Tropical location' used to lure doctors to Christmas Island for refugee medical transfers. Senior bureaucrats send a message to the Government and the Opposition.
Senators grill bureaucrats over $422m Paladin Holdings security contracts on Manus Island. Two things were overlooked in the Government's historic defeat on asylum seeker policy. Manus Island refugee flown to Geneva to receive human rights award. Ex-Nauru president Sprent Dabwido who oversaw detention centre reopening seeks asylum in Australia for cancer treatment.
Regional refugee services cut, with 1.5 staff members for every 400 clients.