Kids Off Nauru

People from across the world have called on the Australian Government to get the #KidsOffNauru

Photograph Source: Remi Chauvin for The Guardian

In August 2018 we asked you to join the call to get all the Kids Off Nauru

In August 2018 we asked you to join the call to get all the Kids Off Nauru
We advocated for the 119 children and their families detained indefinitely on the island of Nauru to be moved to safety and permanence in New Zealand, Australia or elsewhere. 

With the support of multiple humanitarian organisations from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as the tireless work of human rights lawyers, the #KidsOffNauru campaign highlighted the suffering the children faced as they were detained indefinitely on the island of Nauru. 

With your help, by raising your voice, and joining the call, the future for these children is now looking brighter.

In February 2019, World Vision New Zealand welcomed news that all refugee children have now been taken off Nauru; however, the case is not closed as many still face an uncertain future with no permanent settlement solution.

We will continue to advocate for the refugee children who have been taken to Australia for medical treatment and don’t have permanent settlement solutions, for a resolution to be found for them, whether that be settlement in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere.

FAQs

In mid-2013, the Australian government introduced a policy that any asylum seeker arriving to Australia by boat would be sent to Nauru or Manus Island for processing. If found to be a refugee, they would be settled in a country other than Australia. The policies have received sustained criticism for their profound violations of human rights. The conditions in which the refugees and asylum seekers are living are sub-standard and they lack access to adequate healthcare, education, and protection from sexual and physical abuse.  
In 2016, more than 1,000 leaked incident reports involving children were reported by The Guardian that showed the harrowing conditions the children were faced with daily. Children on Nauru have grown up surrounded by fences and security guards, with few safe and child-friendly places to play. These circumstances have profound negative impacts on the mental and emotional health and growth of children. They were being robbed of a childhood and a future.

Following the 2018 #KidsOffNauru campaign, all children have been moved from the Island. While some families have been resettled in the U.S., the remaining children have been temporarily transferred to Australia for medical treatment.
The #KidsOffNauru campaign called to free all children detained and locked up in Nauru. It highlighted the suffering the children faced as they were detained indefinitely on the island of Nauru. The campaign insisted the children and their families be moved to safety and permanence in New Zealand, Australia or elsewhere.
Some children and their families have been resettled in the U.S., the remaining children have been temporarily transferred to Australia for medical treatment. These remaining children remain in limbo as refugees, as Australia is yet to commit to a permanent settlement solution for them, either in Australia or elsewhere. 
This campaign was initiated by World Vision in collaboration with humanitarian and refugee organisations across Australia and New Zealand, alongside the tireless work of human rights lawyers. It was a platform for everyone to stand up for the children detained on Nauru. 
It is welcome news that all the children have been taken off Nauru; however, we remain concerned for the physical and mental health of the more than 1,000 adults who are still detained on Manus and Nauru, including the young adults who were sent there originally as unaccompanied minors.

We will continue to advocate for the refugee children who have been taken to Australia for medical treatment and don’t have permanent settlement solutions, for a resolution to be found for them, whether that be settlement in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere.