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US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby mothra » 08 May 2018, 22:04

Australia's refugee deal 'a farce' after US rejects all Iranian and Somali asylum seekers

Donald Trump’s travel ban influencing offshore processing system as 150 refugees wait for final assessment on Nauru

Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban is influencing Australia’s offshore processing system – with all Iranian and Somali refugees rejected for resettlement in the US.

The third version of Donald Trump’s travel ban bars or limits entry to citizens of five Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – as well as North Korea. The ban’s constitutionality is currently being considered by the supreme court but is currently in effect.

About 150 refugees held in offshore processing on the island of Nauru have appointments with US officials this week, where they will discover final assessments of whether they have been accepted by America. So far, every Iranian and Somali applicant has been rejected.

At least one refugee has attempted suicide after being rejected. An Iranian woman had to be rescued from the sea near Ijuw late on Monday night after being told she could not go to the US.

“Everyone is just thinking they have no hope,” one refugee told the Guardian by phone. “I have seen small children so distressed, a 12-year-old girl crying she is a like widow, asking what will happen to her life.”

The ABF has escalated its presence on Nauru for this week’s meetings and stepped up the security around the camps and the island settlements.

Iranian refugee Shahriar Hatami said the environment across the island was disruptive and distressed.

“Highly security environment again spread everywhere. In our camp a deadly [silence] is dominant.”

On Manus Island, the refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani said all Iranians and Somalis were fearful they would be rejected.

“There is huge worry in Nauru & Manus about US deal,” he wrote. “Many Iranian & Somali refugees in Nauru given rejection notices from US. It means US considers the countries banned. Its time for that the Home Affairs minister takes responsibility & makes his plan clear.”

The Australian government has promoted the US resettlement deal as its solution to offshore processing but, for more than a year, it has conceded that the US deal cannot clear the camps.

Thus far, 85 refugees have been resettled from Manus and 162 from Nauru. US officials hope to finalise the resettlement deal by October, when its annual resettlement quota restarts.

More than 500 refugees are expected to be left on the island of Nauru even if the US fulfils its entire commitment of 1,250 places.

Only a handful of refugees have been resettled in Papua New Guinea and the Nauru government has consistently refused to permanently resettle any refugees. Both the PNG and Nauru governments have consistently maintained those refugees not accepted for resettlement remain the responsibility of Australia.

“It’s Australia’s responsibility to move them out,” the PNG prime minister, Peter O’Neill, said.

The Nauruan president, Baron Waqa, said: “They can’t stay on Nauru forever, we’ve made that clear right from the start.”

Ian Rintoul from the Refugee Action Coalition said the US resettlement had been “revealed to be a farce”.

“Iranian refugees account for around a third of all refugees on Nauru,” he said. “It is just not possible for all Iranians to be rejected on any legitimate basis.

“While Trump says there is no official ban on Iranians and Somalis, it is now very clear that the US administration is imposing an unofficial ban. It is not a coincidence that all Iranians are being rejected.

“Turnbull’s phone call to Trump is coming back to haunt him. Turnbull told Trump that he didn’t have to accept anyone; now Trump is taking him at his word.”

Over the past five years, Australia has approached dozens of countries – including Kyrgyzstan – offering millions of dollars and other inducements in exchange for resettling some refugees from Australia’s camps. But the home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, said this week there were no “third country” resettlement options beyond the US and the Cambodian deal, which has resettled only two refugees at a cost of more than $40m.

New Zealand has a standing offer to resettle 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore islands every year but this has been rejected by the government as a “back door” to Australia.

“We will continue to look at third-country arrangements,” Dutton said. “Believe me, Dfat, our department have been working on this for a number of years. People aren’t jumping out of their skin to provide places and that’s the reality.”

Australia has effective control of, and ultimate authority over, the offshore processing system, and legal responsibility for the welfare of those held within it.

Of acute concern on Nauru at present is the mental health of children. Three pre-teenaged children have been moved off the island following repeated suicide attempts but only after court action in Australian courts to have them moved. Australia has opposed their removal, in defiance of the recommendations of doctors, in two of the three cases.

A Nauru government employee, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity, said their officials were powerless to assist refugees rejected or in need of advanced health care.

“We are only a bunch of puppet. This is like colonisation again. Australia treat us like we are property. They have all the money.”


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/may/08/australias-refugee-deal-a-farce-after-us-rejects-all-iranian-and-somali-asylum-seekers?CMP=soc_567
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby mothra » 08 May 2018, 22:05

Well that went well then. Thank goodness the grown-ups are in charge.
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby johnsmith » 08 May 2018, 22:12

we all knew this over a year ago

it was only turdball who was in denial
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby mothra » 08 May 2018, 22:21

johnsmith wrote:we all knew this over a year ago

it was only turdball who was in denial


Yes. We did.

Good thing it's not a matter of life or death or anything. It's only tinted folk.
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby pinkeye » 08 May 2018, 22:22

johnsmith wrote:we all knew this over a year ago

it was only turdball who was in denial


No he wasn't in denial. He was just lying. Lying about intent, lying about a genuine effort... just ALL LIES. :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad :sad
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby Squire » 09 May 2018, 14:45

Turnbull didn't do enough anus-kissing of Trump.

Trump is a better dealmaker than Turnbull. What about the South American refugees Australia was to take?

There are likely to be more Iranian refugees after Trump breached the Iran nuclear deal.

The Australian refugee detention policy is now in tatters as hundreds of million $ has been expended with unsatisfactory results.
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Re: US rejects Nauru refugees

Postby pinkeye » 09 May 2018, 23:57

Squire wrote:Turnbull didn't do enough anus-kissing of Trump.

Trump is a better dealmaker than Turnbull. What about the South American refugees Australia was to take?

There are likely to be more Iranian refugees after Trump breached the Iran nuclear deal.

The Australian refugee detention policy is now in tatters as hundreds of million $ has been expended with unsatisfactory results.



MAKE THAT BILLIONS of our taxpayer dollars. Most Australians are outraged by the policy, BUT the government doesn't give a shit.
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