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‘Hardly anyone is getting off’: despite Labor’s promises, refugees needing urgent medical care remain on Nauru

An Afghan refugee in offshore detention since 2013 has had two doctors’ referrals for overseas treatment, but has not been permitted a ‘medical transfer’ to Australia.

  • Ben Doherty
  • The Guardian

An Afghan refugee held by Australia on Nauru since 2013 has been prevented from reuniting with his extended family – who were evacuated from Kabul to Melbourne last year – despite him needing to be moved off Nauru for urgent medical treatment.

Seventeen members of Mahal’s* family, including his wife and children, were brought to Australia after the Taliban reclaimed control of Afghanistan last year, and are already permanent residents. Mahal’s brother, who arrived earlier, is a…

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