Juba, April 5, 2018 (SSNA) — Australia’s immigration authority has removed the Republic of South Sudan from its Community Support Program (CSP), saying recent assessment will only allow countries that are prioritized.
The decision barred South Sudanese-Australians from sponsoring refugees who want to resettle in Australia.
Reports indicated that immigration authority has informed sponsors with links to South Sudan and Somalia that “their applications are highly unlikely to be considered, let alone accepted.”
The nations to be accepted under the new priority program are Ethiopia, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan, Syria, Bhutan, Myanmar, and Eritrea.
A spokesman for Australia’s Home Affairs Department said Australian government determines priority countries each year.
South Sudan was removed along with Somalia and Iran.