Manus Island refugees

There is a lot of coverage of Manus Island refugees. From RNZ:

PNG govt hints Manus deadline won’t be enforced

13 Nov 2017
101st daily protest 101, 9-11-17.

The Papua New Guinea government is hinting that the deadline for refugees to leave the shuttered Manus Island detention centre will not be enforced.

PNG minister says no to NZ on Manus

13 Nov 2017

Papua New Guinea’s immigration minister says he will not deal directly with New Zealand to resettle up to 150 refugees on Manus Island. AUDIO

To push or not to push Australia over Manus Island refugees

13 Nov 2017
A banner from 104th day of protest on Manus Island

Gerry Brownlee says not to push Australia too hard over Manus Island refugees AUDIO

Manus Island refugees refuse to budge

13 Nov 2017

Personnel from the PNG immigration department inside the detention centre.

None of the refugees occupying the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island left the facility today, despite pressure from authorities.

Manus detainees stay put as new deadline passes

14 Nov 2017<

Another deadline has passed for refugees on Manus Island to leave the detention centre there which was officially slated to close on October 31. But around 300 men are still refusing to leave the… AUDIO

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People smugglers see new Govt as easy target – reports

14 Nov 2017
The report says this photo was taken by an asylum seeker and shows a two-deck boat from Indonesia before it was intercepted by Australia in May 2015.

Australian authorities have intercepted four boats bound for New Zealand, run by people smugglers emboldened by the change of government, according to media reports. Jane Patterson reports. AUDIO

Don’t take them – warning from a former Manus Island guard

14 Nov 2017
Don't take them - warning from a former Manus Is guard: RNZ Checkpoint

A New Zealand man who worked at the Manus Island refugee detention facility is warning the government against taking any refugees, saying the ones still at the centre are dangerous men.   VIDEO, AUDIO

PM denies NZ becoming a soft target for people smuggling

14 Nov 2017
NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney.

The Prime Minister has hit back at claims New Zealand has become a soft target for people smugglers with the change of government, saying this country is helping to combat the problem on the ground.

Manus detainees reject NZ guard’s claims they’re criminals


Refugees occupying the former detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island have rejected the claims made by a New Zealander who says he worked at the centre. The man, known as Ian, says he was… AUDIO

NZ to give $3m for Manus refugee aid

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand will give Papua New Guinea and aid agencies up to $3 million to help care for Manus Island refugees. VIDEO




The Manus mess

The treatment of refugees on Manus Island has long been a festering sore for Australia, and it has become worse. New Zealand has offered to help but that may come to nothing.

RNZ:  Manus stand-off: ‘We need to find a compassionate solution’

The new immigration minister has reassured refugees on Manus Island that New Zealand will do all it can to help ease the crisis.

Up to 700 refugees are refusing to leave the detention centre in Papua New Guinea, which was officially closed by the Australian government on Tuesday.

They fear for their safety if they move to new accommodations in a nearby township and have begged for help from New Zealand.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet the Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull Sunday and the Papua New Guinea detention centre is expected to be high on the agenda.

Canberra has so far rejected New Zealand’s offer to take 150 refugees because if they gain citizenship, they would then have the right to live in Australia.

Iain Lees-Galloway, the new Minister of Immigration, told Morning Report the current stand-off was not an ideal situation and a compassionate solution needed to be found quickly.

“That’s ultimately in the hands of the Australian government but our offer to take 150 of the refugees is still on the table.

“I really hope Australia does take up our offer. We’re here to help.”

One refugee on the island said Australia was torturing the men and their only hope was New Zealand.

New Zealand’s first former refugee MP Golriz Ghahraman said she hoped Australia accepted New Zealand’s longstanding offer to take the 150 refugees.

She said 150 was the comfortable number that could be housed at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.

“My understanding is from that sector is that with bunking we could take it up to 250, and of course they do require wraparound services. The offer is there, so I think if they raise it seriously and it is accepted, that’s 150-250 lives.”

Ms Ghahraman said she was heartened to think Ms Ardern would raise the issue with her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, when they meet in Sydney on Sunday.

The Australian Government has a record of being very unsympathetic to the plight of refugees.