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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AFP can force asylum seekers onto planes: Gillard

01/08/2011

Published by ABC News

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The story said

Federal police officers on Christmas Island will be authorised to use force to ensure that all asylum seekers (including children) board the aircraft sending them to Malaysia. Currently, there are 54 asylum seekers awaiting their departure to Malaysia at the Christmas Island Detention Center. Delays on finalising detention centers in Malaysia may result in a longer detention period in Australia, instead of the initial three-day transfer time promised by the government.

Did you know

Asylum seekers are not doing anything wrong by arriving in Australia by boat – they are fleeing persecution and violence. Sending people to Malaysia, especially by force, is an inappropriate and shocking way for the Australian government to act. It is especially troubling that the deal includes the deportation of unaccompanied minors, whose safety in Malaysia simply cannot be guaranteed.

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