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Pacific Covid-19 Cases Rise: WHO

Pacific: The World Health Organisation says there’s been an increase of Covid-19 cases in the Pacific.There are new confirmed cases in Papua New Guinea, its tenth, and Guam, where a spike in cases has taken its total to 231. Source: … Continue reading

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Global call-to-action to keep remittances flowing during the COVID-19 crisis

The Pacific Island Forum Secretariat is supporting the call to action to policymakers, regulators and remittance service providers to improve migrants’ access for sending and receiving remittances, and to reduce transfer costs during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of … Continue reading

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Advocates say it’s time to adopt a Canadian-style refugee program

Australia: The Australian government is being urged to use the current hiatus in international migration, due to COVID-19, to reshape its resettlement programs by introducing a Canadian-style community refugee sponsorship scheme.More than 35,000 people have also signed a petition calling … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Forces Disaster Planning Rethink as Storm Threats Rise

Vanuatu: Since Cyclone Harold struck in April, Vanuata has kept its borders closed affecting access to international aid and leaving the island to rely on local actors more than ever. The combination of  coronavirus, climate disasters and the geographical location … Continue reading

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Darebin Council Rejects Bid to Expand Hotel Used to Detain Refugees

Australia: Darebin City Council has unanimously rejected a bid to expand the number of hotel rooms at the Bell City complex in Preston, which has been used for almost a year to detain asylum seekers and refugees. The plan would … Continue reading

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West Papua Extends COVID-19 Emergency Status by Another Month

Papua New Guinea: The West Papua provincial government extended its emergency status over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by another month, as the region prepares to later enact a new normal policy. The governement have coined this as, the adaptation … Continue reading

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Reflecting on this Refugee Week

Australia: As part of Refugee Week the article shows concern for the currentframeworks governing the treatment of refugees.  Taking Australia’s responce to COVID-19 as an example, whose early fateful decision to indefinitely detain people who came by boat to claim protection, … Continue reading

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US Takes More Manus, Nauru Refugees

Manus Island and Nauru: Twenty-eight refugees detained on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island are due to fly to the United States today for resettlement. Twenty-Four of these refugees will leave Nauru after being detained there for nearly seven … Continue reading

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Papua New Guinea Receives Emergency $364 million IMF loan

Papua New Guinea: The International Monetary Fund has approved emergency credit of about $364 million to Papua New Guinea so it can cover the costs of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic while it struggles with a budget deficit. Source: Reuters

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Coronavirus in the Pacific: Weekly Briefing

Pacific: The Guardian have provided a regional breakdown of COVID-19 developments in the Pacific. Despite many Pacific nations stating they are COVID free, nations are now face a new challenge of dealing with the devestating economic impacts of the virus. … Continue reading

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