Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 3

11 October 2016, Sydney- Every minute of every day in 2015, around 24 people were displaced from their homes. That amounted to 34,000 people per day, worldwide, who were forced to seek refuge elsewhere. These large numbers of newly displaced persons further swelled the 16.1 million refugees in the world who, according to the UN Agency for Refugees (UNHCR), were already displaced.



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Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 2

5 September 2016- The war in Syria continues on with no end in sight. For six years, Syrians have lived under a black cloud of misery and death. The numbers of refugees produced by this conflict is staggering: over 4.8 million people have managed to escape the horror and violence of the civil war; these are the lucky ones, the refugees fortunate enough to cross international borders into neighbouring countries in search of safety and protection.



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Indonesia: A Journey of an Iraqi Survivor

26 August 2016- I was born in Baghdad, Iraq. It was a beautiful country, the place of the holy messengers. I took my master degree in Business Management in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the period of conflicts and wars in Iraq. My country is bleeding since 2003. It became like hell. 


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Australia: Why stopping the boats does not solve the problem – Part 1

Sydney, 28 July 2016- Austria’s foreign minister recently suggested that people seeking asylum in Europe should not be allowed to enter the continent, but should be held on offshore islands instead. Sebastian Kurz said that the principles of the “Australian model” should be applied to Europe, and went as far as to suggest that people who entered Europe “illegally” should lose their right to apply for asylum.



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Australia: JRS calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending offshore processing

Sydney, 29 April 2016- Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) calls on the Prime Minister to exercise moral and political leadership by ending the current policy of offshore processing of people seeking asylum in Australia. The decision by the PNG government to shut the Manus Island detention centre following the PNG Supreme Court’s finding that the detention of asylum seekers is unconstitutional and illegal has presented the Australian government with stark choices.



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Greece: Pope to refugees – “you are not alone”

Rome, 17 April 2016 – In his heartfelt visit to the Greek island of Lesbos yesterday, Pope Francis stood in solidarity with refugees and migrants, reminding them “you are not alone.” 



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Indonesia: Refreshment for a Day

Surabaya, 1 April 2016- Life became normal again for a few hours for 10 asylum seekers and refugees detained in Immigration Detention Center (IDC) Surabaya. Spending a day at the Safari Park, sitting in nature, observing animals, to be with many people and eat in a restaurant is a luxury for people waiting to receive international protection from persecution in Afghanistan and Somalia.


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Vatican City: Pope Francis speaks out for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Vatican City, 12 January 2016 – Yesterday, Pope Francis spoke out for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to be celebrated on 17 January. In his speech, "Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy," the Pope says that refugees and migrants are "people whose dignity is to be protected and who are capable of contributing to progress and the general welfare."


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The Story of a Montagnard Refugee

Bangkok, December 15th, 2015- My name is Trang* and I am a Montagnard refugee. I fled Vietnam in 2007 and was granted resettlement to the US in 2015. This is my story: 



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Indonesia - Dion’s Empathy
Thursday, June 11th, 2015 - Dion is a staff of JRS Indonesia who is assigned at Manado project to assist asylum seekers in Manado Immigration Detention Centre (IDC). On 29th January 2015, a radio interview with Dion was initiated by Father Rheinner Saneba Pr and Montini Radio Manado 106 FM. On the occasion, Dion shared his experience and reflection upon his involvement with JRS:
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Indonesia: JRS Asia Pacific holds regional workshop on detention
Asia Pacific, 8 April, 2011  Oliver White is the regional communications and advocacy officer for JRS Asia Pacific. Oliver recently returned from the workshop which was focusing on solutions for Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, and will share an introduction to detention issues from his colleagues in the region.
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Australia: Blame detention centres, not detainees

Taken together the recent events in remote detention centres are both deplorable and predictable.

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Cambodia: NGOs concerned for the fate of asylum seekers

Offering a new solution

Phnom Penh, 28 February 2011– Following the closure of the centre managed by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) on 15 February, human rights organisations have called on the Cambodian government to ensure it offers protection to asylum seekers.

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Thailand: Spending teen years detained

waiting for resettlement

Bangkok, 14 January 2010 – Looking at Divea, she seems like an average 18-year-old girl. Wearing a fashionable denim skirt with a t-shirt and long, black hair, she could easily fit in at her high school back in Sri Lanka. But after speaking with Divea for a few minutes, you may forget that she is only 18. Unfortunately, she seems to have forgotten as well. After spending over a year detained in Bangkok's Immigration Detention Centre, she says she has been forced to grow up fast.

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Cambodia: Appropriate education not possible in closed centres

Monotony of daily life de-motivates students

Montagnards, ethnic Vietnamese, form the largest group of refugees in Cambodia. Unlike other refugees in the country, known as urban refugees, Montagnards are held in a number of closed sites guarded by police officers in the capital, Phnom Penh. The sites are practically detention centres as residents are only permitted to leave for medical reasons. This policy hinders the provision of education services to this group, and consequently negatively affects their mental health.


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Detention as a migration-control tool

Putting human rights first

The right of states to manage migration flows is subject to their obligations to protect refugees. In fact, the 1951 UN Refugee Convention prohibits states from penalising refugees simply for seeking asylum. Nevertheless arbitrary immigration detention is widely used as a migration control tool. Policies that restrict the movement of refugees carry with them immense human and social costs.


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