Immigration

22 refugees from Middle East in Suva safe house

Twenty-two refugees from Middle Eastern countries are currently registered with the immigration department, with four people granted asylum by the Government. Deputy Director of Immigration, Edward Brown said Fiji was duty-bound to take in refugees as a signatory of the Convention And Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees under the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). He was speaking […]

Navin Kumar

September 29, 2015 4:19 pm

Twenty-two refugees from Middle Eastern countries are currently registered with the immigration department, with four people granted asylum by the Government.

Deputy Director of Immigration, Edward Brown said Fiji was duty-bound to take in refugees as a signatory of the Convention And Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees under the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

He was speaking at the National Security Strategy Green Paper Consultation last week, and said four people had been granted asylum by the Fijian Government.

Mr Brown said funds had been provided by the UNHCR office in Canberra, Australia.

Ifereimi Dakunikuila, acting manager compliance and investigation at the Immigration, told Fiji Sun that refugees are extensively screened to ensure there is no threat to national security.

Some can be involved in terrorists groups or activities which are a threat to our national security so it is our duty to screen them very properly before allowing them to stay in the country.

So far there are 22 refugees registered with us and most of them are from Middle East countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan with the inclusion of Bangladesh also.

These (refugees) are all accommodated at our safe house here in Suva. This includes those that have already been approved and those that are in the process of getting approved.

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