6:30pm Mon 4 Mar | Public Forum: Stranded In Indonesia: Australia’s 14K Forgotten Refugees

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Monday 4th March 2019

Where: ANMF Vic Branch, 535 Elizabeth St, Melbourne

Facebook event here

Public Forum:
Stranded In Indonesia: Australia’s 14K Forgotten Refugees
– the reality of “regional processing

A combination of Australia’s policy of turning back boats in 2013 and Tony Abbott’s 2014 ban on resettling UNHCR recognised refugees has seen thousands of refugees and asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia for years on end.

The latest estimate is around 14,000 men, women and children. The UNHCR admitted to the refugees that the reality is that most will never be resettled. The refugees have no right to work, health care or education, and in March 2018 Australia cut IOM funding that was providing food assistance.

Join us for this important discussion of Australia’s forgotten refugees.

Speakers:
Asher Hirsh – Senior Policy Officer at the Refugee Council of Australia. He is completing a PhD on Australia’s refugee containment policies in Indonesia

Refugee in Indonesia via Skype (details tbc)

Chris Breen – Refugee Action Collective