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Indonesian refugees resettle in Australia: Why not others?

  • Ilham


Jakarta   /   Sat, February 8, 2020   /  11:31 am
Indonesian refugees resettle in Australia: Why not others? A Rohingya clothes seller waits for customers at Jamtola refugee camp in Ukhia on Dec. 9, 2019. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has a tendency to claim that resettlement has been a life-saving solution for the “most vulnerable refugees”, which includes victims of violence and torture, women and children at risk, and refugees with medical needs. For refugees transiting in Indonesia, resettlement — the relocation of refugees from a country of asylum (usually a neigboring country to which refugees have fled) to a country of permanent settlement — is the preferred option. The two other options the UNHCR traditionally offers to address the refugee issue, voluntary repatriation and local integration, are limited and unrealistic. I have personally met several Indonesian refugees with no specific vulnerabilities who used to be in the care of my agency, and who are now resettled in Australia with the assistance of the UNHCR office in J...

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