‘A race to the bottom’: how Australia imported its asylum seeker policies from the US | Australia news

In August 2001, at the height of the Tampa crisis – 433 rescued asylum seekers on board a freight ship seeking landfall in Australia – the Australian government made a call to an American bureaucrat, then in Geneva, and asked him to the embassy. Years earlier, the bureaucrat had been …

Former Afghan Air Force pilot Niloofar Rahmani granted asylum in the United States

Former Afghan Air Force pilot Niloofar Rahmani granted asylum in the United States

Updated May 01, 2018 09:57:49 Photo: Captain Niloofar Rahmani was the first fixed-wing Air Force pilot in Afghanistan. (Supplied) Related Story: Trailblazing Afghan Air Force pilot seeks US asylum A trailblazing female Afghan Air Force pilot has been granted asylum in the United States after a tense 16-month wait for …

Asylum seekers climb US border wall as migrant caravan gathers on Mexican side – Donald Trump’s America

Asylum seekers climb US border wall as migrant caravan gathers on Mexican side – Donald Trump’s America

Posted April 30, 2018 09:18:26 Hundreds of people from a Central American migrant caravan have rallied at the US-Mexico border, with some climbing the border wall ahead of making formal asylum claims that could land them in detention centres. Key points: The 400 or so migrants have to choose whether …

Canberra public servant’s sacking over asylum seeker policy tweets found to be ‘unlawful’

Canberra public servant’s sacking over asylum seeker policy tweets found to be ‘unlawful’

Updated April 18, 2018 13:35:59 A Canberra public servant sacked for expressing her views on asylum seeker policy, has won her case for compensation after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia found she was unlawfully dismissed. In September 2013, Michaela Banerji was fired from the Federal Department of Immigration after …

Iranian asylum seeker whose church attendance ‘dropped off’ loses High Court immigration fight

Iranian asylum seeker whose church attendance ‘dropped off’ loses High Court immigration fight

Updated April 18, 2018 15:59:04 An Iranian man whose bid to stay in Australia was denied because authorities did not believe he had genuinely converted to Christianity has lost his High Court fight against the fast-track protection visa system. A key piece of evidence used to make the decision was …

Peter Dutton’s department blocked white South African farmer’s asylum bid | Australia news

Peter Dutton’s department blocked a white South African farmer’s asylum bid because its evidence showed “the vast majority of crimes against whites are not racially motivated”. A delegate for Dutton also shut down a second, separate asylum bid by a white South African woman who feared racially motivated persecution, arguing …