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Australia Bans Visas For People From Ebola-Affected West African Countries

News outlets report on Australia’s decision to issue a blanket ban on visas for people from Ebola-affected West African nations.

Reuters: Australia issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries
“Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region…” (Siegel/Feast, 10/28).

Sydney Morning Herald: Australia shuts borders to Ebola-affected countries
“Australia has temporarily closed its borders to people from Ebola-affected West African nations as it steps up the nation’s defenses against the virus. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday Australia had suspended its immigration program, including its humanitarian intake, from Ebola-affected countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea…” (Harrison, 10/28).

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