Najeeba's story

Najeeba Wazefadost
“Leaving your country for good is one of the hardest decisions you can be forced to make.”
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Fact 1

Fact 1
It is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia, even if arriving by boat.

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Farida and Hussain's story

Hussain Dad
“My children are safe and we can finally sleep well for the whole night, without fear and bomb blasts.”
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fact 2

Fact 2
In Australia, there is 1.1 refugee for every 1,000 people.

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John's story

John Jegasothy
“I’m really concerned about the misconceptions about refugees coming to this country.”
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Fact 3

Fact 3
In 2010, 6,879 asylum seekers arrived in Australia. That’s only 6.8% of the seats in the MCG.
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Chaman's story

Chaman Shah Nasiri
“After I left, my father was tortured so badly he died in prison… The same would have happened to me.”
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Fact 4

Fact 4
Australian Centrelink benefits for an asylum seeker? $0.

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Ashane's story

Ashane
“We knew the boat would be very dangerous, but there was nothing else. Everything else was hopeless.”
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Fact 5

Fact 5
The number of refugees who have arrived by boat, and who have been terrorists? Zero.
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Dinh Tran’s story

Dinh Tran
“When we left, mum & dad had already accepted that we were all going to die. You risk everything on a boat.”
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Fact 6

Fact 6
In 2009, 8,427 sought asylum in Australia – compared to 45,197 in the United Kingdom.
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Afghan deportation down to the wire

16/11/2011

Published by The Age

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The story said

The proposed deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker, Ismail Mirzajan, 27, is the first case that has arisen after the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 17 January 2011. His deportation back to Afghanistan would entail approximately $32000 in charges. Mr Mirzajan arrived in Australia in February last year seeking refugee status after leaving Afghanistan in 2001 and applying for asylum in Britain where his application was rejected. This has been the reported reason for his rejection by the Refugee Review Tribunal. The Australian governments policy proposed earlier this year allows for forced deportations of Afghan asylum seekers found not to be refugees under the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Did you know

Asylum seekers should never be penalised, they are exercising their legal right to asylum as outlined by international and domestic law. The Australian Government has a legal obligation under international law not to deport anyone to a situation where they would face torture or other serious human rights abuses. Current security and political conditions in Afghanistan continue to deteriorate, raising safety concern for those people the Australian Government is seeking to return. The increasing level of insecurity and violence in Afghanistan makes it extremely difficult to ensure that returned asylum seekers will be safe.

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