US believed Australia would take more refugees in exchange for Nauru and Manus deal

The US offered to resettle Australia’s refugees from Nauru and Manus Island on the understanding that in exchange Australia would “do more” to help other refugees, the US architect of the deal has said.

18/11/2018 Latest Figures Kids on Nauru

Unless otherwise stated, the information below comes from either Asylum Insights, The Refugee Action Coalition Sydney or Pamela Curr, Melbourne. The figures are the best estimate and are constantly changing.

12 Children on Nauru [Since heard still 17]

13 Children in the Melbourne Detention Centre, (MITA Broadmeadows)  having been brought from Nauru, some for medical treatment but also includes siblings.

Over 50 people, including children are in motel accommodation in Brisbane under 24-hour guard). Others have been placed in community detention

Numbers are in Adelaide in motels or caravan park but these are under guard , so that cohort is in detention. Numbers are not available.

In some cases where there is a child in hospital, one parent is permitted to remain with the child in hospital, all other family members must remain in detention.

Many families remain separated, (at least 48 people from 10 families) with part of the family on Nauru, and others in Australia. This includes families where some members have been brought to Australia for medical treatment, whilst other family members (often fathers) remain on Nauru.

Other Facts:
176 Children live in Community Detention, within the Australian Community
435 People who were in detention on Manus or Nauru have been resettled in the US under the US resettlement deal.
624 men remain on Manus, including those in Port Moresby for medical treatment
500 on Nauru, including 12 children
37 Deaths in Onshore and Offshore Detention since 2010, of these 16 are known to have been due to suicide.
The number of refugees who remain in Cambodia after being transferred there from Nauru, at a cost of $55 million. One. Six of the seven refugees who were transferred to Cambodia have since left:
5 Billion dollars spent on Manus & Nauru since 2012

33 boats and 771 people Turned back in boats since September 2013 under Operation Sovereign Borders. None of those intercepted were deemed to be owed protection obligations. The last boat known to be turned around was in June 2018. The number of people it contained is not reported. Source: Senate Estimates and Australian Border Force.  

1 boat containing 17 people Arrived in Australia in 2018. They were taken to Christmas Island for Processing. Source: The Guardian.

17,029 People awaiting an outcome of their refugee application whilst living in Australia on a Bridging Visa E. This includes 2,835 children. Source: Department of Home Affairs.

1,345 People in detention in Australia (including 173 on Christmas Island). 366 arrived unlawfully by air or boat (<5 seaport, 42 air, 315 maritime arrivals). 979 arrived lawfully but subsequently overstayed or had their visa cancelled. Source: Department of Home Affairs.

As part of the ARAN network, GADRC  is calling for all children and their families that remain on Nauru to be brought to Australia.

Families must be reunited and:

Families must be given freedom and not be placed in detention

Families must be given permanent resettlement (as a matter of urgency) so they can start to build their futures. They have waited too long for this, and it has nearly destroyed them.

Call on the PM and Minister Coleman to accept the New Zealand offer, or settle them here in Australia.

Prime Minister (02) 6277 7700
David Coleman (02) 6277 4188

Jacinda Ardern has again broached the topic of sending refugees from Nauru to New Zealand during discussions with Scott Morrison.

Mr Morrison recently indicated he may be open to accepting the deal on the condition they never come to Australia but has since gone cold on the idea despite facing increasing pressure on the issue due to concerns about the health and welfare of the children being detained on Nauru.

Senate knocks back Peter Dutton's move to limit asylum seeker rights

On Tuesday evening the Senate voted 33 to 29 against extending the reach of the fast-track process, with Labor, the Greens, Centre Alliance and Tim Storer combining to pass a disallowance motion moved by Greens senator Nick McKim.

Future of kids on Nauru still unknown

If there has been a change in Australian public sentiment about offshore detention, and a commensurate change in the government’s, it has yielded few policy solutions. The government’s commitment to removing children from Nauru by year’s end has been broadly welcomed, but the questions it raises are for now mostly without answers.

Many families remain separated amid ongoing Nauru medical transfers

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has spent at least $780,000 since July last year responding to court applications for urgent medical transfers, and is continuing a legal challenge to the federal court’s jurisdiction to hear the cases.

NY Times: The Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and Suicidal Children

TOPSIDE, Nauru — She was 3 years old when she arrived on Nauru, a child fleeing war in Sri Lanka. Now, Sajeenthana is 8.

Her gaze is vacant. Sometimes she punches adults. And she talks about dying with ease.

Peter Dutton defends Nauru policy after refugees told to separate from family

In dozens of cases, their immediate family members have been left on offshore islands and told that, if they want to be considered for resettlement under the US deal, they must abandon their families, or encourage their families to return to offshore processing, even in defiance of doctors’ advice.