Refugee advocates said 27 asylum seeker children remain on Nauru, after eight more children were moved from the island on Monday for medical treatment in Australia. Meanwhile, Papua New Guinean authorities moved more than 20 refugees from Port Moresby to Manus Island, including some who were receiving ongoing medical treatment, ahead of next week's APEC summit. This move coincided with a reported spike in suicide attempts.
The Australian Border Force allegedly prevented a baby who was born and remains in immigration detention from being baptised in a church. Meanwhile, bureaucrats from the Home Affairs Department were accused by lawyers of 'reprehensible' tactics to deny an Iraqi Christian's asylum claim.
The Australian newspaper reported that 13,800 refugees in Indonesia waiting for third country resettlement – some for more than 15 years – are still wary of boat turnbacks, despite news of evacuations of families and children on Nauru.
Figures released in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal’s annual report revealed that the number of Chinese nationals appealing rejected applications for refugee visas has more than doubled in the last year, from 1200 to 2821.
In the US, the Trump administration announced new measures that would deny asylum to people who enter the country through the US southern border with Mexico.
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