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‘Offshore processing’ refers to Australia’s unique practice of sending people seeking asylum by boat to Nauru or Manus Island where they are detained while their refugee claims are determined. Australia first did this between 2001-2008, and started again in 2012. However, on 19 July 2013, there was a very significant change to the policy – even if people were found to be refugees, they would never be resettled in Australia.

Offshore processing is a cruel and inhumane practice that causes enormous suffering to highly vulnerable people.

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Briefing on lifetime visa ban

The Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 was introduced into Parliament on 8 November 2016 and passed the House of Representatives on 10 November 2016. It is now…

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An island of despair: Amnesty International’s report on Nauru

Are we torturing people on Nauru? Yes, according to Amnesty International, in its recent report Island of Despair. This report was based on interviews with refugees on the island, people who worked for companies that provided services in Nauru under Australia government contracts, and others concerned within the Australian community.
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Thinking Beyond Offshore Processing: Key Recommendations From The Refugee Council Of Australia

Thinking Beyond Offshore Processing: Key recommendations from the Refugee Council of Australia

This paper explains our views on the path beyond offshore processing, bringing together existing recommendations in some of our key reports, including: Australia’s response to a world in crisis (March 2016, ‘Australia’s response’), Eroding our identity as a generous nation: Community views on Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum (December 2015, ‘Eroding our identity’) and Improving Refugee Protection in Asia-Pacific: How Australia can make a practical difference (July 2015, ‘Improving refugee protection’).
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Academics call for just and humane refugee and asylum policy

Scholars have called for a just and humane approach to refugee and asylum policy in a new policy paper published by Academics for Refugees. The paper recommends the end of policies of deterrence and for the development of alternatives that take into consideration both humanitarian and political considerations.
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Association With Abuse: The financial sector’s involvement in gross human rights abuses of people seeking asylum in Australia.

This report examines the involvement of Ferrovial SA, a Spanish stock-exchange listed company, through its subsidiary Broadspectrum, in operating the offshore detention centres (ODCs)for asylum seekers in Manus Island and Narau. As the lead contractor in administering both centres, Broadspectrum makes decisions about detainee welfare, movement, communication, behaviour, accommodation, food, clothing, water, security and general conditions.
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