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Detaining asylum seekers and refugees in offshore detention centres subject to international obligations, despite High Court decision

Following the decision handed down by the High Court of Australia this week in M68/2015, UNHCR affirms its long-standing position that Australia maintains responsibility for the protection of asylum seekers and refugees transferred to offshore processing centres under the existing bilateral arrangements with Nauru and Papua New Guinea respectively, and that any such arrangements must meet the respective countries’ international obligations. Continue reading

UNHCR welcomes change in Nauru’s detention policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru’s decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.

On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an “open centre” 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island. The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country Continue reading

Global forced displacement of people at 18 year high

Major refugee hosting countries, end 2012More people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor in global displacement. UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, covers Continue reading