Outrage as Australia walks away from refugee responsibilities

Australia announced last week that by the end of this year it will end its offshore detention arrangement with PNG.

The scheme was declared illegal by the PNG courts five years ago but 124 people, most of whom have been judged to be refugees, remain there.

The Coalition's Ian Rintoul said PNG has no capacity, or desire, to look after these people, or search for third countries to take them off their hands.

Australia under pressure to free refugee family detained on Christmas Island

Tharnicaa Murugappan was taken to a Perth hospital after being unwell with a fever, vomiting and dizziness.

Advocates say she has since been diagnosed with sepsis and pneumonia, and is in a stable condition.

But they criticised the delay in obtaining adequate medical care.

Tharnicaa had been sick for about 10 days before authorities took her to the hospital on Christmas Island, and later transferred her to Perth.

Refugee on Nauru medically evacuated to Australia after serious motor accident

The man was involved in the accident on Tuesday evening.

A statement from the Nauru Coronavirus Taskforce said the man sustained multiple major trauma injuries.

Whilst he was being stabilised in the immediate term by local doctors and nurses, his condition was life threatening.

He remained in need of multiple surgical and medical specialist interventions not available in Nauru. 

Arrangements were made by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs to urgently evacuate him by air ambulance for overseas specialist medical treatment last night.

Love and beauty in a refugee camp

In one camp in northern Iraq, beautician Rozhin Ahmed-Hussein - herself a Syrian Kurdish refugee - finds that she is rarely short of work.

"Most of the people in the camp are poor, and Syrian refugees like me, so when I do a beautiful bride, usually I'll dance out of the door with her because I feel so happy," says Rozhin Ahmed-Hussein.

Authorities intervene as refugee on Nauru sets himself alight

In a statement, the Nauru Government said at approximately 7:20am on Thursday August 24, 2017, security at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre intervened in an incident in which a male refugee poured a flammable liquid over himself and attempted to set himself alight.

Initial investigations indicate man has a history of behavioural issues including domestic violence and was attempting to visit an estranged girlfriend at the time, who was living in protective accommodation.

Security acted quickly and extinguished the fire immediately.

Manus detainee's injuries not self inflicted

Mr El Sheikh physically resisted two attempts to move him from Manus to Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, from where authorities planned to deport him to Lebanon.

The advocate, Marilyn Beech, said during that time, Mr El Sheikh was the victim of several beatings by security forces and suffered injuries to his ribs, kidneys, ankle and neck, resulting in a loss of sensation in his left side.

Australia flies a sixth refugee from Nauru to Cambodia

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Syrian man who arrived last Sunday was being cared for by the International Organisation for Migration, which has received millions of dollars from Australia to care for refugees in Cambodia.

But only one of the five other refugees who agreed to take a one-way flight from Nauru since the deal was signed two years ago remains in Cambodia.

Advocacy group calls for Kurdish journalist's release from Manus

Behrouz Boochani is detained on Canberra's offshore detention centre in Papua New Guinea, where he has been found to be a refugee.

But under Australian law, since he tried to reach Australia by boat as an asylum seeker he will never be resettled there.

In their letter to the Australian immigraiton minister Peter Dutton, the group says Mr Boochani has worked greatly to preserve Kurdish culture and language, including during his detention.

It says Mr Boochani faces imminent danger should he be returned to Iran, and his claim should be immediately heard in Australia.

Refugees united by food

Her family encouraged her, urging her to open a restaurant and share her culinary prowess.

But in 2011, everything changed. War ripped apart Syria and one day Kassah and her husband were forced to make a tough decision.

"We left Syria because our house was destroyed and there was no school for my children," says the mother of three.


Keeping culture alive

Today, Kassah is back in the kitchen alongside six other Syrian refugees, working for catering service Zeit Zeitoun, olive oil in Arabic.

Syrian refugee wins €1 million in French lottery

The anonymous thirty-something man fled the war-torn country in 2011 and settled in Paris, working as a labourer,Le Parisian reports.

The win actually happened in June of 2015, but the news was only recently released by the Federation Francaise, who run the French national lottery.