Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

Assessment Task 2: Policy Advice

You have from 9:00am Monday 17 September to midnight Sunday 23 September to complete this task.

Complete your answer on a word document and upload it to the relevant dropbox by the deadline. Late submissions will incur a penalty of 5% per day.

The scenario

Six years after the Australian government reopened the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, there are still well over 1000 people awaiting resolution to their situation.

Your task

You are an advisor to the current Minister for Immigration in Australia. The Minister has requested the following information on three points. In a total of approximately 1000 words, please answer the following:

  1. Inform the Minister of the current situation and policy arrangements in place regarding refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island. The Minister would also like to know if these arrangements are legal under international law.
  • Your answer should demonstrate a good understanding of the current situation in both states, including the numbers of asylum seekers and refugees in these two locations, the conditions of their accommodation, and so forth.
  • Your answer should also demonstrate a good understanding of the policy arrangements with Nauru and PNG, and where applicable, the other organisations involved with this arrangement.
  • Your answer should demonstrate a good understanding of international refugee and other human rights laws.
  1. Explain to the Minister the current resettlement options for people on Nauru who are found to meet the Convention definition of a refugee. Will these resettlement options result in the eventual resettlement of all refugees?
  • Your answer should demonstrate an understanding of all the current options for resettlement for people who are found to be refugees. Add details about these arrangements as applicable.
  1. There are some calls from sections of the Australian community to #BringThemHere. The Minister would like to know if this is a politically astute decision. Provide evidence for your answer.
  • Your answer should demonstrate a good understanding of the Australian domestic politics of this issue.
  • There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but you should provide some background information that explains how you have come to your answer.



More information on the situation in Nauru and Manus Island can be found here:

Refugee Council of Australia:

The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law:

You might also find this database of publications from the Parliamentary Library useful (this page also includes links to Department of Immigration and Border Protection publications:

This document should be fully referenced using the Harvard system, and include a reference list at the end of your document. The reference list will not be counted as part of the overall word count.

  • You should refer to approximately 8-10 references in completing this task.
  • They should be a combination of scholarly sources (such as books and journal articles), as well as quality media sources. In addition, you may refer to other quality internet source material if you wish, such as reports by non-government organisations such as Amnesty International, etc.
  • You might want to do considerable more research into the background to the current situation for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus Island. I strongly encourage this. Remember to include the full citation for all the references you cite.

Good luck!


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