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Jakarta Post

Postelection Australia: No mercy for refugees

  • Antje Missbach and Wayne Palmer


Melbourne/Jakarta   /   Tue, June 11, 2019   /  01:28 pm
Postelection Australia: No mercy for refugees Protesters chant at a Liberal Party fundraiser in Sydney on November 10, 2017, as they call on the ruling Liberal coalition government to bring back 600 refugees from an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea. (AFP/William West)

After an unexpected election win for Scott Morrison and his Coalition in Australia on May 17, refugees in the region continue to face grueling prospects of finding a durable solution to their searches for effective international protection. Since 2012, Australia has sent hundreds of asylum seekers trying to come to Australia by boat without a visa to Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, and to Nauru, an impoverished island country with only 21 square kilometers of land for its 10,000 or so inhabitants. Even when those asylum seekers are found to be genuine refugees, the Australian government refuses to resettle them in Australia, opting instead to strike resettlement deals with third countries like the United States, which so far has resettled only 430 refugees. But even then not all refugees end up being resettled, as up to 500 refugees continue to live there. The Coalition w...

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