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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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Malaysia: Health D-G Dr Noor Hisham calls for concerted action on Covid-19 at immigration detention centres in Malaysia, warns against discrimination of foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Immediate medical attention and decontamination are needed at immigration detention centres where Covid-19 has emerged, said health director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah while stressing that foreigners should not be discriminated against in terms … Continue reading

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Thailand: Let UN Refugee Agency Screen Rohingya

(Bangkok) – Thai authorities should allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) unhindered access to Rohingya from Myanmar to determine whether they qualify for refugee status, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s inhumane policy of holding Rohingya … Continue reading

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Myanmar: Eight coronavirus cases among returnees from Malaysia

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar authorities said on Tuesday said they have found eight coronavirus cases among scores of people who returned from Malaysia, where the authorities have recently been detaining undocumented migrants. Myanmar officials said the new cases were detected … Continue reading

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Malaysia: More coronavirus cases at migrant detention centre

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia reported 35 new coronavirus cases at an immigration detention centre on Thursday, after authorities rounded up undocumented migrants this month in areas under lockdown. The United Nations has called on Malaysia to stop the crackdown, … Continue reading

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Myanmar: First Covid-19 Positive Case Amongst Returning Migrants

The first case of Covid-19 has been confirmed among returning migrants in Kayin State. Approx. 80,000 migrants have returned since March according to IOM estimates. Two military owned machines are being used for Covid-19 testing of military personnel, people at quarantine … Continue reading

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Indonesia, Australia Explore Solution to Rohingya Refugee Crisis Under Bali Process

Australia: Amid pressure from humanitarian organizations, Indonesia and Australia have moved to follow-up talks under the Bali Process framework to prepare for the possibility of another refugee crisis in the Andaman Sea, where hundreds of asylum seekers died in 2015. … Continue reading

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Food Banks Established in Fiji to Help Locals During COVID-19 and After Cyclone Harold.

Pacific:  A food bank initiative has been set up to help thousands of workers where 1 in 9 have lost their jobs becuase of the Covid-19 Pandemic and through cyclone Harold, funded by Australia, New Zealand and the United States. … Continue reading

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Hotels Contracts with Federal Governement Holding Refugees

Amnesty International have been advocating directly to the managers of Kangaroo Point where refugees are being detained, in conditions which 1100 healthcare professional have condemned. 10,0000 people so far have supported a campaignn, launched to help raise awareness of the … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Movement Control Order- How are Refugees Coping?: Interview with Lilianne Fan

Key impacts of the MCO include the loss of livelihoods, which has threatened basic food security and left many unable to pay rent and thus at risk of evictions. Lilianne Fan additionally highlights that despite free testing for all foreigners, … Continue reading

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