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UNHCR troubled by new Australia-PNG asylum agreement

(UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday that a review of Australian measures for asylum-seekers arriving by boat announced this month had raised serious protection questions. While praising aspects of Australia’s refugee programme and acknowledging the complexity of dealing with these dangerous sea journeys, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming...
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New Australia asylum policy ‘troubling’: UNHCR

Australia’s new asylum policy lacks “adequate protection standards for asylum seekers”, the UN says. Under the new policy, boatpeople headed to Australia will have their claims processed by Papua New Guinea (PNG), and be resettled there if successful. However, the UN High Commission for Refugees said there were “significant shortcomings”...
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Australia to send asylum-seekers to PNG

Asylum-seekers arriving by boat will no longer be resettled in Australia but will go to Papua New Guinea, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced. The news came as Mr Rudd set out an overhaul of asylum policy ahead of a general election expected shortly. Australia has seen a sharp rise...
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Malaysia detains Australia senator Nick Xenophon

An Australian senator on a fact-finding mission to Malaysia says he has been refused entry because authorities consider him a “security risk”. Nick Xenophon was detained at Kuala Lumpur airport on Saturday as he arrived for talks with Malaysian officials to discuss elections in June. Immigration officials said the senator...
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