Geographic Updates: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

Struggling Asylum Seekers Plea for Equal Refugee Support: “Please Treat Us the Same”

New Zealand: Asylum Seekers say they’re struggling to survive in New Zealand and they’re pleading with the government to give them the same support as other refugees. Covid-19 crisis has added to their struggles, as many asylum seekers have been … Continue reading

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How UNICEF Australia Is Providing Life-Saving Support to Children on the Front Lines of COVID-19

Australia: UNICEF Australia’s support has focussed on reducing transmission and mortality as a result of COVID-19 by equipping health workers in 52 countries with knowledge on infection prevention and control, supplying necessary equipment and ensuring communities have access to handwashing … Continue reading

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More Manus Island, Nauru Refugees Moved to US

Australia and Papua New Guinea: RNZ reports 40 more refugees, who were detained in Papua New Guinea and Nauru by Australia, have been transferred to the United States for resettlement. Ads-Up, a US based group of Australian volunteers supporting refugees … Continue reading

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Newcrest in Papua New Guinea Aid Effort

Australia: Australia’s mining companyNEWCREST has put $600,000 towards a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund initiative to get personal protective equipment to Papua New Guinea’s frontline health workers. Source: Australia Mining Monthly https://bit.ly/2BbECnE

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The Communities Left Behind in the Pandemic

Australia: While the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper package is designed to prop up workers that have lost employment during the pandemic, international students, working holiday makers, refugees, asylum seekers, and skilled temporary migrants – who are overrepresented in these industries … Continue reading

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Dozens More Manus Refugees Fly to America

Australia and Papua New Guinea: Dozens more refugees have left Manus Island for the United States despite coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions. The men were transferred under a deal struck between Canberra and Washington in 2016. Source: Deniliquin Pastoral Times: … Continue reading

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UNICEF Calls for Action to Ensure Children Can Survive to Thrive

All Pacific Regions: Pacific governments are being encouraged to remember the basic provision of services for children even as Covid-19 takes up time and money. The UN Children’s Agency and UNICEF state a child survival crisis looms in the months … Continue reading

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Aid Agencies Respond to MFAT Announcement of $7m in Humanitarian Funding for Coronavirus Pandemic

New Zealand: As the coronavirus continues to impact low-income countries, New Zealand aid agencies welcome the $7m in aid funding announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to help some of the world’s most vulnerable people at risk … Continue reading

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Coronavirus: Rohingya Refugees Dying at Sea as Nations Deny Entry

Australia and Indonesia: Australia and Indonesia have agreed to tackle the latest ­Rohingya maritime crisis but have given no detail as more than 1000 asylum-seekers remain stranded at sea amid COVID-19-fuelled border lockdowns across Southeast Asia. Source: https://bit.ly/2ykPluY

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Volunteer English Teachers are Helping Australia’s refugees Overcome Social Isolation

Australia: SBS News reporting on refugees in Australia have highlighted how the coronavirus pandemic has added to the isolation of many new migrants and refugees who don’t speak English as a first language, but volunteers are stepping in to help. … Continue reading

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