Opinion – Hope, certainty and trust: issues abound in US refugee resettlement deal

December 2, 2016

Associate Professor Mary Anne KennyAustralia and the United States recently struck a deal whereby the US would resettle a certain number of refugees detained on Nauru and Manus Island.

Then the American presidential election happened, and Sky News Australia dispatched a reporter to Nauru to speak with refugees about a resettlement deal which lacks clarity, and the prospect of a country led by Donald Trump.

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch’s School of Law discusses the resulting report by Sky’s Laura Jayes, which highlighted some skepticism about the US deal, and a lack of hope among the refugees briefly interviewed.

Professor Kenny and co-author Professor Nicholas Procter from the University of South Australia, who have both visited Nauru on several occasions, say non-contradictory information is critical for already psychologically traumatised refugees on Nauru and Manus Island.

They urge the authorities managing the process of assessment for resettlement in the States, to understand the effects of trauma, and ensure the process is done with refugees, not to them.

To read the full article, click here.

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