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The Australian government has expressed its intention to repatriate some of its nationals, women and children, currently detained in camps in Syria. A decision to which the previous government had opposed conservative obedience, believing that these people presented a risk to the security of the country. The details of the operation are not known, but the Labor government has assured that once you return to Australia, these returnees will be closely monitored by the intelligence services.

With our correspondent in Sydney, Grégory Clees

We, the women

  We, the women We, the women

about twenty women, and around forty children of Australian nationality, in fact the widowed and the orphans of Islamic State fighters, will soon be repatriated to their native country. This is what the Labor government has just announced, which, through this position, marks a frontal opposition to the positions taken by the previous government.


of the time of the Conservative Scott Morrison, Canberra had opposed an end of inadmissibility to these requests for repatriation, believing that these women and children, represented a danger to the safety of Australia. An opinion that has not changed, the Conservatives have strongly criticized the announcement The decision that has just been made.

Questioned on the subject as part of a television program, the Minister of the Environment, Tanya Plibèsk, assured that these returnees would remain under surveillance: "We expect our intelligence services that they remain in contact with these returnees , and that they monitor them.


A first group of twenty to thirty people must be repatriated soon, before other returns are implemented. Australia thus rallies to the position adopted by other countries, such as Germany, Denmark or France.

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