Iraqi Baby Named After Australian Immigration Minister

Australia’s “Pacific Solution,” which ran from late 2001 through early 2008, involved housing asylum-seekers offshore in two camps (one on Papua New Guinea’s Manus, the other on Nauru) until their claims were processed.

In September of 2002, a pair of Iraqi asylum seekers who had been granted refugee status welcomed a baby boy, their third child, at Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea. They named the baby Philip Ruddock after Australian Minister for Immigration Philip Ruddock (who served as Minister from 1996 to 2003). According to Ruddock’s spokesperson, “they wrote Mr. Ruddock a letter expressing their gratitude” and included a photocopy of the birth certificate.

Sources: Refugee baby named after Australian Immigration Minister, Q&A: Australia’s ‘Pacific Solution’


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