Australia asylum: Why is it controversial?

Does Australia get a lot of asylum seekers? Australia’s humanitarian intake has remained relatively steady over the last 20 years, with around 12,000 to 13,000 people typically accepted every year. In 2015-16, Australia accepted 13,750 people through its humanitarian programme and has committed to accepting an additional 12,000 refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq. Asylum seekers…

Nauru Bans Unsympathetic Danish MPs from Detention Centre Visit

A delegation of Danish politicians has cancelled a planned visit to Nauru after the island’s government barred two MPs Critical of Australia‘s immigration regime and one with a Muslim background who was born in Syria. The fact-finding mission was designed to scrutinise the Nauru detention centre to assess whether such immigration policies should be enforced in…

Abuse Rife in Australian Immigration Centre: Leaked Reports

Thousands of leaked reports detailing allegations of sexual assault, child abuse and self-harm in Australian immigration facilities on Nauru were published today, prompting rights groups to renew calls for refugees to be resettled elsewhere. Under Canberra’s current policy, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are sent to the remote Pacific island of Nauru or Papua New Guinea’s…

The Horrors of Nauru: Australia’s Abusive Offshore Asylum System Exposed

“We’ll toil with hearts and hands, To make this Commonwealth of ours, Renowned of all the lands,” chimes our national anthem. “For those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share. With courage let us all combine, To Advance Australia Fair.” Australia. The land of plenty. Where everyone gets a “fair go”. Well,…

Many With Different Visas, Different Look Struggle For Work

Many people on Independent Skill and other special-category visas are facing significant difficulties finding work in their areas of qualification — or work at all. That is one of the findings in the Scanlon Foundation report “Australians Today” that looks closely at social cohesion in the country. One respondent in the survey of 10,000 people…

Border And Immigration Workers Strike At Australian Airports And Ports

Australian Department of Immigration and Border Force (DIBP) personnel, mostly members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), joined 24-hour stoppages from last Thursday. The union staggered the strikes over three days, affecting international airports, ports and other sites across the country. The DIBP stoppages are part of a long-running enterprise agreement campaign involving…

The Claim That Locking Asylum Seekers up in Nauru and PNG Saves Lives Is Bogus

It is not a secret that the offshore detention on Nauru and Manus Island of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat is inhumane. But the Nauru files recently published by the Guardian are still shocking. The leaked incident reports document assaults, sexual abuse and self-harm attempts mostly among the most vulnerable: children. They…

Refugees Speak of ‘Systematic Torture’ at Hands of Australian Government

Two remaining refugees being housed at Australia’s Manus Island detention centre have revealed the trauma they have been forced to endure while awaiting their fates. Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced the facility’s closure on Wednesday after meeting with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. “People from Manus Regional Processing Centre will not be settling in…

Ball In Australia’s Court For Manus Closure

The future remains uncertain for asylum seekers and refugees held on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, despite Canberra agreeing to close the offshore processing centre there. Australia’s Immigration minister Peter Dutton met with PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday in Port Moresby, following which both issued statements to the effect that Manus was going to…