Australian Immigrant and Refugee Issues
By Mike Head: SEP candidate for Oxley, 1 May 2019
The SEP unequivocally defends right of asylum seekers, immigrant workers and their families to live, study and work in Australia, or anywhere in the world, as full citizens.
By James Cogan, 19 February 2019
People fear that the banishment of Huang Xiangmo is the prelude to a campaign of persecution directed against all those of Chinese background.
By Oscar Grenfell, 14 February 2019
The bill entrenches the power of the minister to prevent detained refugees from travelling to Australia and receiving desperately needed medical care.
Biloela resident: “It is really important that we stand up”
By Max Newman, 2 February 2019
Biloela residents have been conducting a nearly year-long campaign to free a Tamil family seized by the government from their community.
By Corrine Jensen, 1 February 2019
The footage resembled an aggressive military operation in the neo-colonial wars conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.
By Eric Ludlow, 26 January 2019
The detainees describe their living conditions as “worse than a prison.”
By Max Newman, 24 January 2019
Former Manus Island detention centre security staff members have filed cases alleging physical and psychological harm.
By Martin Scott, 22 January 2019
Immigrants in western Sydney, already confronting high unemployment and a lack of affordable housing, now face a four-year wait for welfare benefits.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 January 2019
Responsibility for the emergence of fascist groupings lies with the entire Australian media and political establishment.
Amid global crackdown on refugees
By Eric London, 31 December 2018
Some 750 million people, not including children, want to escape war, poverty, conflict and disease caused by capitalism.
By Mike Head, 18 December 2018
Shorten unequivocally restated Labor’s intent to keep using the navy to push back refugee boats and to retain the “offshore processing” regime of detaining asylum seekers on remote Pacific islands.
By Max Newman, 17 December 2018
Médecins Sans Frontières said the mental health problems were among the worst it had ever seen anywhere in the world.
By Max Newman, 13 November 2018
A new report shows that nearly 80 percent of those cut off benefits are at risk of homelessness.
By Max Newman, 8 November 2018
The government’s promise to evacuate detained children from Nauru is a ploy to placate the public outcry over their barbaric treatment.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 October 2018
International rights organisations and thousands of doctors have condemned the persecution of refugees.
By Mike Head, 13 October 2018
The scapegoating of immigrants underscores the wholesale lurch to the right within the political establishment signalled by Prime Minister Morrison’s installation.
By Max Newman, 3 September 2018
After a manhunt in a Queensland rainforest, 17 Vietnamese men were rounded up for deportation “at the first available opportunity.”
By Oscar Grenfell, 29 August 2018
Medical professionals have warned that children suffering severe mental illness are at risk of dying at the Australian-operated detention centre.
By Oscar Grenfell, 16 August 2018
Fraser Anning’s diatribe is the logical outcome of the nationalist policies supported by the entire political establishment.
By Max Newman, 10 August 2018
Coroner rules Hamid Khazaei’s death was a “preventable” outcome of “the policy of offshore processing.”
By our reporters, 4 August 2018
African-Australian youth rally to denounce divisive hysteria whipped up by the political and media establishment.
By Max Newman, 1 August 2018
Successive governments flouted the law to declare asylum seekers “offshore arrivals.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 31 July 2018
The prosecution of Collaery and Witness K is bound up with the wider drive toward a US-led military confrontation of China, which the Australian ruling elite is committed to supporting.
By Max Newman, 23 July 2018
The treatment of Gnaneswaran and his family is akin to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy by which children have been ripped away from their parents.
By Max Newman, 2 July 2018
A campaign by the people of a small rural Queensland town has brought to light the horrors of Australia’s anti-refugee regime.
By Max Newman, 27 June 2018
A tragic death shows how desperate and vulnerable people are being deliberately subjected to inhuman conditions to deter others from seeking asylum in Australia.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2018
The brutality and lawlessness of the Trump administration in ripping children from their parents at the US border is part of a global war by capitalist governments against refugees.
By Max Newman, 19 June 2018
Successive Australian governments have pioneered many of the brutal measures now being taken in Europe and the US.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 June 2018
The measure is a fundamental attack on the freedom of religion and expression and serves to stir up anti-Islamic and xenophobic sentiments.
By Mike Head and James Cogan, 19 May 2018
The Coalition government has moved to make it even more difficult to prove “unqualified allegiance” to Australia
By Mike Head, 30 April 2018
The court’s decision will help the Liberal-National Coalition government speed up the return of thousands of asylum seekers to the countries they fled.
By Max Newman, 25 April 2018
New migrants now have to pay more than double to bring family members to Australia.
By Max Newman, 11 April 2018
As of this month, over 12,000 refugees are at risk of being left destitute and forced to return to the countries they fled.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 6 April 2018
Home Affairs Minister Dutton insists white farmers deserve “special attention” for humanitarian visas.
By Max Newman, 15 March 2018
People in a Queensland rural town are outraged at the pre-dawn Australian Border Force raid to seize and imprison a local family.
By Max Newman, 22 February 2018
Thangalingam is a victim of anti-refugee and geo-strategic policies pursued by successive Australian governments.
By Max Newman, 12 February 2018
A recently-published secret cabinet submission proves that the Coalition government formally asked the spy agency to stall security clearances for officially-recognised refugees.
By Max Newman, 26 January 2018
Local residents were concerned because sewage was flowing from the unfinished detention camps into their houses.
By Tom Peters, 17 January 2018
New Zealanders who have spent most of their lives in Australia are being detained and expelled for minor offences or on “character” grounds.
By our reporters, 13 January 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters conducted interviews about the xenophobic “anti-gang” campaign being fuelled by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government, in tandem with the Murdoch media.
By Max Newman, 12 January 2018
Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.
By Patrick Kelly, 5 January 2018
Turnbull has sent a clear message that his government’s agenda for 2018 will consist of draconian new “law and order” measures, along with nationalist and racist hysteria.
By Max Newman, 5 January 2018
Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.
By Sam Price, 4 January 2018
The Labour-led government is scapegoating international students, along with immigrants, to divert attention from the real source of the social crisis.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 December 2017
Successive Labor and Liberal-National governments have forcibly deported asylum-seekers to Colombo, where they face imprisonment and torture.
By Max Newman, 27 November 2017
Turnbull’s government openly backed the violent eviction from the Australian-controlled detention camp, as part of its message to asylum seekers globally.
By Oscar Grenfell, 24 November 2017
One of the asylum-seekers reported that yesterday’s violent incursion by Papua New Guinea state forces was directed by a representative of the Australian Federal Police.
By Max Newman, 15 November 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Nauru are “wilfully coming to medical harm” at the Australian government’s orders.
By Eric London, 15 November 2017
The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.
By James Cogan, 13 November 2017
In a McCarthyite process, every member of parliament now has 18 days to prove they are not entitled to dual citizenship.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 November 2017
The entire Australian political establishment is responsible for the desperate plight of the 600 men in the detention camp.
By Oscar Grenfell, 6 November 2017
Rally organisers sought to divert widespread anger over the dire plight of 600 refugees behind impotent appeals to the Coalition government, and support for Labor’s re-election.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 November 2017
Contractors hired by the Liberal-National government emptied water tanks before leaving the facility Tuesday, while the Papua New Guinea navy is blocking emergency food deliveries.
By Oscar Grenfell, 1 November 2017
Asylum seekers have been left without food, water and electricity, and face the prospect of an armed assault by Papua New Guinea police and military personnel.
By Max Newman, 24 October 2017
“We explained over and over again that we would rather stay in the Manus prison without hope than face violence in Lorengau,” a refugee explained.
By Oscar Grenfell, 4 October 2017
Rajeev Rajendran is the sixth refugee who has died on Manus Island, and the second in just two months.
By Max Newman, 29 September 2017
About 50 heavily-vetted detainees out of more than 2,000 are being transferred to unknown US locations.
By Mike Head, 11 September 2017
The ruling is an indictment of the last Greens-backed Australian Labor government.
By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 6 September 2017
The citizenship crisis is an attempt to suppress anti-war sentiment and class tensions by promoting nationalism and patriotism.
By Max Newman, 4 September 2017
The government’s actions have provoked widespread outrage, with thousands of people offering sanctuary to the refugees.
By Max Newman and Mike Head, 24 August 2017
The judges rejected a challenge to incarceration on Manus Island despite the PNG Supreme Court last year ruling it was an unconstitutional deprivation of liberty.
By Max Newman, 19 August 2017
Hamid Shamshiripour’s story is one of immense psychological suffering, as well as abuse at the hands of guards, overseen by the Australian government.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 August 2017
Labor and Liberal-National MPs, who incessantly promote xenophobic nationalism, feigned moral outrage over Pauline Hanson entering parliament wearing a burka.
By Max Newman, 9 August 2017
Asylum seekers detained in Papua New Guinea are being physically forced to move to an insecure temporary transit centre.
By Max Newman, 17 July 2017
Parts of the camp have been demolished and the Internet facility was taken away, leaving mobile phones as the only connection for detainees to the outside world.
By Max Newman, 11 July 2017
Six asylum seekers were captured by the Australian Navy and forcibly deported to face possible torture and imprisonment.
By Max Newman, 26 June 2017
A lawsuit by Manus Island detainees was halted to prevent a detailed exposure of the abuses inflicted by successive governments.
By Max Newman, 2 June 2017
The Good Friday assault highlighted the dangers facing the more than 800 male asylum seekers held on the remote island.
By Max Newman, 24 May 2017
Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.
By Oscar Grenfell, 20 April 2017
The abolition of 457 visas for foreign workers and the tightening of citizenship requirements are aimed at diverting mounting social discontent in a xenophobic direction.
By Max Newman, 18 April 2017
At least three asylum seekers were injured by armed soldiers who assaulted the refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2017
The anti-democratic move is part of a broader campaign to suppress opposition to the escalating US-led war in the Middle East.
By Max Newman, 31 March 2017
Refugees living in limbo inside Australia have been given less than 60 days to complete visa applications.
By Max Newman, 13 March 2017
The “Australian model” combines cruelty toward refugees, with a “points-based” program that discriminates in favour of employers and the wealthy.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2017
Donald Trump’s election as US president has sent shockwaves through the parliamentary elite and accelerated the global turn to trade war and war.
By Mike Head, 31 January 2017
In the face of global outrage over Trump’s measures, Turnbull undertook to strengthen relations with the new US administration.
By Max Newman, 28 January 2017
The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.
By Max Newman, 3 January 2017
Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan, died after suffering a seizure and collapsing in an Australian-controlled detention centre.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 29 December 2016
Returning from a three-month stint in the US, where he fraternised with Trump supporters, right-wing Liberal backbencher Cory Bernardi is testing the waters for a new far-right party.
By Max Newman, 8 December 2016
The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.
By Peter Byrne, 22 November 2016
Nur Islam, a young Rohingya man who fled Burma, was on a temporary bridging visa, which blocked basic social and political rights, including to work.
By Max Newman, 14 November 2016
On both sides of the Pacific, the world’s most vulnerable people will be denied the basic right to seek protection, while many will face permanent separation from their families.
By Max Newman, 12 November 2016
The government remains determined to get the bill through the Senate despite widespread public opposition to its blatant violation of international law.
By Zac Hambides, 10 November 2016
Protest organisers made futile appeals to the Turnbull government and Labor, the very agencies responsible for the escalating persecution of the asylum seekers.
By Mike Head, 3 November 2016
Some of the most vulnerable people in the world, many fleeing the ravages of US-led wars, are bearing the brunt of a brazen repudiation of basic legal and democratic rights.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2016
The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”
By Nick Beams, 18 October 2016
Efforts by Australian politicians to sell their detention model have helped create the conditions where governments around the world are regularly in breach of international law.
By Max Newman, 26 September 2016
At the UN summit, Prime Minister Turnbull urged countries to adopt Australia’s “border protection” regime.
By Mike Head, 16 September 2016
Hanson’s first Senate speech, which was given wall-to-wall media coverage, focused on vilifying Muslims, China and welfare recipients.
By Max Newman, 10 September 2016
Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.
By Max Newman, 29 August 2016
More than 100 ex-staff members have risked lengthy jail sentences to protest against the treatment of asylum seekers incarcerated on remote Pacific islands.
By Max Newman, 16 August 2016
The government and Labor opposition remain committed to punitive “offshore” detention as a means of deterring refugees from trying to reach Australia.
By Max Newman, 8 August 2016
A report targets Ferrovial, a global infrastructure giant, which currently holds the Australian government contract to run the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.
By Mike Head, 5 August 2016
The Australian government has set a brutal model for countries around the world to punish and bar entry to millions of desperate refugees.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016
The feature-length documentary is a harrowing account of the systematic cruelty and de-humanisation of asylum-seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres.
By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016
The filmmaker explained to the WSWS why she decided to lift the veil of secrecy on Australia’s offshore refugee detention centres.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15 July 2016
The shocking consequences for millions of children growing up in war zones can last decades.
By Max Newman, 1 July 2016
Workers and youth must defend the basic rights of asylum seekers as an essential part of the struggle to unify the working class internationally.
By Max Newman, 4 May 2016
The Australian government has labelled the protests as acts of “self-harm” to divert from any examination of why refugees have been driven to such desperate actions.
By Patrick Kelly, 3 May 2016
Amid widespread public outrage, the rally organised in Melbourne on Saturday served as a thinly veiled election campaign event for the Greens.