The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

Latest report, The Way Ahead, lays out how to build an asylum process which does not rely on detention. It explores the views and experiences of women refugees to show the harms of routine detention and the need to build a fairer and more humane asylum system, based on engagement rather than enforcement. The Way … [Read More] The Way Ahead: An asylum system without detention – Women for Refugee Women (UK)

Suicidality in Detention Centre: A case study – International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

ABSTRACT Purpose: Recent reports raise suicidality among asylum seekers as a pertinent issue in current Australian offshore detention centres. However, knowledge on the nature of the suicidality in these centres is very limited. This study aimed to explore in-depth how suicidality arises and develops in offshore detention centres. Design/methodology/approach: A single case-study approach was used. Findings: This case … [Read More] Suicidality in Detention Centre: A case study – International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care

Controlling Irregular Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Is Australia acting against its own interests? – Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

ABSTRACT Australia invests heavily throughout the Asia-Pacific region in mechanisms to control irregular people movements. Information has been leaked about conditions in the notorious detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, and aspects of the Bali Process are well known and publicised, but the nature and extent of much of Australia’s investment have not been … [Read More] Controlling Irregular Migration in the Asia-Pacific: Is Australia acting against its own interests? – Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies

Companies and the Australian Immigration Detention System: Profiting from human rights abuse – The Australia Institute

Extract from a briefing note by Brynn O’Brien November 2016 Australia sends asylum seekers to offshore camps where they are detained indefinitely and subjected to well documented abuses, in violation of their human rights. The Australian Government outsources the operations at the camps, and Spanish company Ferrovial has responsibility for the system’s largest operational contracts, through … [Read More] Companies and the Australian Immigration Detention System: Profiting from human rights abuse – The Australia Institute

Delivery of Health Services in Onshore Immigration Detention – Australian National Audit Office

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s administration of health services in onshore immigration detention. To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted the following high-level criteria: Was a robust contract in place to support the effective and efficient delivery of health … [Read More] Delivery of Health Services in Onshore Immigration Detention – Australian National Audit Office

Australia’s Harsh Refugee Policy is No Global Model – Human Rights Watch

Extract Asylum seekers and refugees on Manus and Nauru have languished for years in dirty and cramped conditions in isolated detention centers with lengthy delays in refugee processing. Visits by Human Rights Watch to both islands found that refugees and asylum seekers have faced physical abuse, including sexual assault, harassment, intimidation, deliberate disregard for their … [Read More] Australia’s Harsh Refugee Policy is No Global Model – Human Rights Watch

The Tragedy of Eaten Fish, the Award-winning Cartoonist on Manus Island- The Conversation

Extract from an article by  Perera, John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Deputy Director, Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute, Curtin University and Joseph Pugliese, Professor of Cultural Studies and Research Director of the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University “His cartoons will some day he recognised as important, world-class chronicles of the worst human behaviour since the … [Read More] The Tragedy of Eaten Fish, the Award-winning Cartoonist on Manus Island- The Conversation

Australia must Prioritise Welfare of Men on Manus – Refugee Council of Australia

Extract The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) today welcomed the closure of Australia’s immigration detention centre on Manus Island and called for the Australian Government to meet its duty of care to those it has sent there. The announcement, made by Papua New Guinea (PNG) Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and later confirmed by Australian Immigration … [Read More] Australia must Prioritise Welfare of Men on Manus – Refugee Council of Australia

Cast adrift: Australia risks its international standing over asylum-seeker policies – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Leanne Smith, Visiting Fellow, Australian National University The “Nauru files”, which detail reports of abuse in Australia’s asylum-seeker detention centre on Nauru, have received global attention since their release. They should provide a flashpoint for the Turnbull government to reassess the longstanding policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers before … [Read More] Cast adrift: Australia risks its international standing over asylum-seeker policies – The Conversation

Manus and Nauru: Time for the government to be creative – Social Connections

Extract from an article by Peter Hughes. The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Supreme Court decision and the announcement by the PNG Prime Minister that Manus will be closed only bring forward the inevitable – the Australian government has to find a way to get the current caseload of refugees and asylum seekers out of PNG and … [Read More] Manus and Nauru: Time for the government to be creative – Social Connections

Asylum Insight – Update

Commentary: Weathering the storm with dignity: climate change and mass mobility in the Pacific Daniel Wiseman examines the emerging challenge of displacement caused by climate change. ‘Climate refugees’ cannot receive asylum under the current refugee system, so how can the international community protect those forced to leave their homes due to climate change? In our own … [Read More] Asylum Insight – Update

Australia: Refugee death highlights fatal flaws in offshore processing – Amnesty International

The death of another refugee in an Australian-run detention centre on Nauru demonstrates the fatal flaws of a system that must be brought to an end. “The desperate actions of this refugee underscore the perilous circumstances found in offshore processing centres run by the Australian government. As Amnesty International has been stressing for several years … [Read More] Australia: Refugee death highlights fatal flaws in offshore processing – Amnesty International

Are Healthcare Professionals Working in Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres Condoning Torture? – Journal of Medical Ethics

ABSTRACT Australian immigration detention centres are in secluded locations, some on offshore islands, and are subject to extreme secrecy, comparable with ‘black sites’ elsewhere. There are parallels between healthcare professionals working in immigration detention centres and healthcare professionals involved with or complicit in torture. In both cases, healthcare professionals are conflicted between a duty of … [Read More] Are Healthcare Professionals Working in Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres Condoning Torture? – Journal of Medical Ethics

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