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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Almost all Afghans allowed to stay

17/02/2011

By Paul Maley, National Security Correspondent
Published by The Australian (republished in Perth Now)

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The story said

Ninety-six per cent of Afghan asylum claims finalised last year were successful, contrary to comments made by Immigration Minister Chris Bowen last month. Figures show that most claims were at first rejected then became successful on appeal.
Opposition immigration spokesman said these figures provide a huge incentive for asylum seekers to journey to Australia rather than apply offshore. However, University of Sydney professor of refugee law Mary Crock says figures show most boatpeople are genuine refugees and raised questions over the discrepancy between claims first being rejected and later approved.

Did you know

Over recent years, more than 90% of asylum seekers who arrive by boat have been genuine refugees. This means they have gone through a long process where Australian immigration officers assess whether or not their claims for refugee status are valid. If they are proven to be genuine refugees fleeing violence, torture or oppression, Australia offers them protection.

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