New Zealand offer to resettle Australia’s offshore refugees still active as US deal nears end

New Zealand’s offer to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore immigration detention system remains on the table, and the imminent end of Australia’s long-running US refugee swap could bring it under more urgent consideration from Australia.

The office of Jacinda Ardern confirmed to the Guardian that her country’s position had not changed – the longstanding offer to accept 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore islands each year still stood – but declined to confirm whether it was on the agenda for the New Zealand prime minister’s meeting with her Australian counterpart on Sunday. “We don’t discuss the content of bilaterals before they take place.”

Ardern and Scott Morrison will meet on Sunday and Monday in Queenstown.

호주가 해양 가공을 재개 한 지 9 년 후, 마지막 망명 신청자가 해외로 보내진 지 7 년 이상, 239 난민과 망명 신청자는 호주의 근해 섬 처리 체제에 계속 구금되어 있습니다.: 109 나우루와 130 파푸아 뉴기니.

정부 수치에 따르면, 1,223 “일시적인 사람”은 호주에 있습니다., brought back from offshore processing islands. This cohort might also be considered – by Australia at least – as candidates for resettlement.

호주는 뉴질랜드에 난민 재 정착을 고려할 것이라고 반복해서 말했습니다. 2016 미국과의 거래가 소멸.

Under the Obama-era deal – condemned as “horrible” and “disgusting” but ultimately honoured by his successor, Donald Trump – the US has agreed to take up to 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore system, in exchange for Australia accepting refugees from the “northern triangle” of Central America held in US-run camps.

미국은 지금까지 재 정착했습니다 936 호주에서 온 난민, 그리고 더 258 잠정적으로 받아 들여졌다. 그것은 미국에 재 정착 된 숫자를 1,194, 거래 한도에 근접.

US sources with knowledge of the program say that despite the Biden administration increasing the size of its refugee resettlement program for 2021, there will be no additional places for refugees held by Australia.

10 월 2020 the secretary of Australia’s home affairs department, Mike Pezzullo, confirmed to a Senate estimates hearing that Australia would consider the New Zealand resettlement offer – to accept 150 refugees from offshore each year – once the US deal was extinguished.

“The Australian government is grateful for that offer from the government of New Zealand … it’s an offer that remains under active consideration.”

The home affairs deputy secretary Marc Ablong told the Senate: “We are getting close to the end of the program. The United States agreed to take a certain number and we’re starting to reach that number.”

Craig Foster and Sonny Bill Williams, working with Amnesty International, said many refugees risked being left behind by the end of the US resettlement deal.

“By accepting this offer, the torment they have endured for almost eight years could finally and mercifully end,’’ Foster, a former Socceroo and spokesman for the Game Over campaign, 말했다.

윌리엄스, a former New Zealand All Black, said politics should be put aside in favour of a humanitarian solution.

“New Zealand has a long and proud history of welcoming refugees, and they’ve been offering this solution since 2013. It’s time to accept it and let people rebuild their lives.”

Australia had previously said it was reluctant to allow refugees to resettle in New Zealand because, 5 년 후, 시민권을 주장 할 수 있으며 호주로 제한없이 여행 할 수 있습니다.: 호주가 정기적으로 일부 뉴질랜드 시민의 호주 입국을 금지한다는 사실에 근거한 입장.

Last time Australia ran an offshore detention program, 중에서 2001 과 2007, several hundred refugees were ultimately resettled in New Zealand.

And at least one, high-profile, refugee from Australia’s most recent offshore detention regime has already resettled in New Zealand. The journalist and author Behrouz Boochani flew to New Zealand in 2019 to speak at a literary festival in Christchurch: he was granted asylum.

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