Nauru refugees

Nauru Govt responsible for all including refugee and asylum seeker community

For too long, some sections of the media, refugee advocates and some NGOs, have focused only on refugees in Nauru and referred to Nauruans with disdain.

More refugees leave Nauru for the USA

The group of mostly single Rohingyan, Afghan, and Pakistani males, also included a single Iranian woman who was previously, incorrectly, reported to have left Nauru earlier this month.

The woman is the only Iranian from Nauru or Papua New Guinea's Manus Island camp to be accepted for US resettlement this year.

Over 1500 people, including over 120 children, remain held in offshore detention on Manus and Nauru with no sign that the US ban on Iranian and Somali refugees is going to be lifted.

 

 

US resettlement of refugees on Nauru continues as Australians protest

The group included two Rohingya families with five children.

Over 1500 people, including more than 120 children, remain in offshore detention on Manus Island and Nauru, more than half of them from Muslim majority countries banned from the US.

The refugee advocate Ian Rintoul said several Iranian and Somali refugees were refused US resettlement in the last two weeks.

More Nauru refugees leave for US

They are Afghan, Pakistani, Rohingyan and Sri Lankan.

The group did not include refugees from Iran or Somalia or any of the Muslim majority countries banned from the US, which account for about half of all refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.

Advocate Ian Rintoul said the absence from the group of refugees from the banned countries showed the Australian government had no plan to secure the future of those people.

Refugee deal on Nauru to expire in two months, official says

General Khieu Sopheak, Interior Ministry spokesman, said that Cambodia will review the agreement on taking in the refugees from Nauru when it expires in August.

Gen Sopheak said that since the deal has been implemented for more than two years, only several refugees decided to come, then left Cambodia for their countries and only one of them still lives in Cambodia.

“We will consider it, but it depends on the Australian side whether they want to extend it or not,” he said. “We always abide by the agreement, but we will follow the decision made by the Australian side.”

Nauru refugees to pay their own fares to US

A group of 27 have been selected for resettlement, along with 25 from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, under Australia's refugee swap deal with the US.

The refugees hail from Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Myanmar, and are bound for US states such as Arizona, Texas, California and New York.

Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition has spoken to the refugees on Nauru, they said they're happy to be finally leaving.

Manus Island and Nauru refugees face possible delay into US

US officials representing Homeland Security have been assessing refugees on the two Australian-administered detention centres in the Pacific over the last few months, after the US agreed to offer refuge to up to 1,250 people.

But earlier this year the President Trump reduced America's refugee intake from 110,000 to 50,000 people as part of a broader immigration crackdown, and that cap has now been reached the US State Department told the ABC.

Transfer of Nauru and Manus refugees could begin in months

RNZ reports US president Donald Trump has voiced his dislike of the deal Canberra struck with the Obama administration to resettle the asylum seekers, calling it a "dumb deal".

But the Australian government maintains Mr Trump will nevertheless honour the agreement.

Mr Dutton said the transfer should begin in the coming months.

"We've got officials up on Manus at the moment we've had officials from the US up on Nauru in recent weeks so we're going through these individual cases with them and all of the signs indicate that the officials are working well."

 

Nauru, Manus refugee vetting thorough: US

 It has also outlined how it will attempt to facilitate the deal without taking it through the minefield of the US congress.
 US Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley and House of Representatives Judiciary

Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte have publicly questioned in recent weeks the State Department and Department of Homeland Security's decision to keep the deal classified and not consult with congress.
 
The State Department hit back, outlining its stance in a letter, obtained by AAP, to Grass

Fears no plan for Nauru, Manus refugees left behind

The Australian government says 1,600 refugees it has detained offshore for three years are eligible for resettlement in the US.

But the centre's head of legal advocacy, Daniel Webb, said there was no plan for the refugees the US leaves behind.

"This has been a pretty dark chapter in our history. It only ends and the government only gets to pat itself on the back when each and every person who is currently suffering at their hands on Nauru and Manus is rebuilding their lives in safety."