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Dozens of medevac refugees to be freed from detention


Dozens more detained refugees transferred from offshore detention will soon be released on bridging visas in Brisbane, refugee advocates say.

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A further 25 people at Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation have been told they will be freed on Monday, the Refugee Action Coalition says.

RAC spokesman Ian Rintoul says the refugees had all been held at a Kangaroo Point hotel, where 63 were released from in December and January.

He criticised the federal government for failing to provide enough support for those being released.

Rintoul says they are only being given three weeks’ accomodation and bridging visas, when they should be being properly resettled.

“They can’t be sent home or back to offshore detention yet they are left with an uncertain future,” Rintoul said in a statement.

Another 70 refugees will be released over the next two days but about 70 remain at the Kangaroo Point hotel.

Rintoul said there was no difference between the groups and all refugees should be set free.

“The government’s lack of transparency and chaotic release of medevac refugees is causing increased anxiety and stress among those left behind,” he said.

“Eight years of detention and human rights abuse is too long. They should all be released immediately.”

The RAC will protest for the release of the remaining refugees being held at the Kangaroo Point hotel at 5pm on Monday.

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