MEDIA RELEASE 27/09 | TWENTY-SEVEN REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE US

Refugee Action Coalition

MEDIA RELEASE

TWENTY-SEVEN REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE US

Tewnty-seven refugees left Nauru this morning bound for Port Moresby, the first leg of a 50-hour long journey to resettled in the USA (link to video clip below) .

The group included families, single men and single women, from a varity of countries including, Bangladesh, Iran, Sri Lanka, Somalia and Burma.

They are being sent to live (some with relatives)  in many different states including, Arizona, Texas, California, Oregan and New York.

One refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition “We are happy to be finally going to the United States, but we are not excited. Our heart and hopes have died on Nauru.”

“People are happy to be going to the USA,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, “But the movement of just 50 people, shows the level of uncertainty that surrounds the deal with the USA.

“It has been 10 months since the refugees had their first interviews, and there is no indication of when any more refugees who have applied, will be accepted into the US.

“There are more than 1700 refugees, including around 150 Rohingyan refugees, on Manus and Nauru who desperately need safety and protection now.
“The refugees were bluntly told by the US officials that theere is no date for more refugees to fly to the US, and that some people will not be accepted.
“The refugees on Manus and Nauru remain the responsibility of the Australian government. The governmewnt should make sure that no one should be left behind. All the people on Manus and nauru shouldbe brought to the mainland while the government makes arragements for those who want to go to the USA.”
Astonishingly, the refugees are expected to pay for their flight to the USA and are being charged $2500. They are expected to pay it back in monthly instalments over two years to establish a “good credit rating.”
For more information contcat Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713