Fifty more refugees approved to leave Manus and Nauru for US  – The Guardian, 18 April

About 50 refugees are expected to leave Manus Island and Nauru in coming weeks to start new lives in the US. The refugees received their final approvals on Wednesday morning and will join about 230 who have resettled in America. Since resettlements under the deal started in September, about 145 refugees have left Nauru and 85 have left Manus Island. Labor senator Kristina Keneally said Australians wanted to see a speedy resolution to clearing the offshore camps… more

Cameroon team chief says he’s heard nothing from missing athletes – ABC News, 16 April

Cameroon’s Chef de Mission has flown out of the Gold Coast having heard nothing from his eight missing Commonwealth Games athletes, saying he is exhausted from the scrutiny prompted by their disappearance. Victor Agbor Nso had to deal with the media fallout after the athletes vanished from the athletes’ village during competition in a series of late night walk-outs. All but one had competed in their individual events before they disappeared. The athletes could be legitimate refugees, advocates say… more

Other News that RAR feels is important

Margaret Rasa of RAR National attended UNHCR


It was a really productive visit with the members listening to the points made on behalf of members for Rural Australians for Refugees.  We will be visiting and meeting with politicians in the Liberal and National parties in addition to the Independents later this year.

Legal Representation

All Refugee Legal Services in Australia are facing the difficulty trying to assist people urgently given the Government’s recent crack down on people seeking asylum.

The Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on people seeking asylum who after waiting over 4 years to apply for asylum, suddenly had to lodge their refugee application.

If people did’t lodge their application within the government’s time-frame, the government threatened to take away their right to apply for asylum in Australia.

Refugee legal services across Australia are urgently appealing to you to help fund lawyers in order to keep the people safe.

To act now, go to one of these refugee legal services in Australia and donate: