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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Amnesty visits Australian detention centres

06/02/2012

published by ABC News
“View the article”: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-02-06/amnesty-visits-australian-detention-centres/3813268

The Story Said

Amnesty International has begun a fact finding mission of Australia’s detention facilities. Alex Pagliaro and other Amnesty representatives will spend 12 days touring some of the most remote detention facilities in the country such as, Christmas Island, Curtin, Perth and Darwin. The representatives will be meeting with officials and staff at the centres as well as speaking with external service providers and meeting with as many asylum seekers as possible. Alex Pagliaro says they are hoping to get an insight into the day-to-day living conditions of detainees.

Did you know

Over the years, Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers have been criticised repeatedly by international organisations and experts – even the UN has condemned Australia’s system of mandatory detention (we are still the only country that automatically locks up asylum seekers). Given that seeking asylum is legal and the numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Australia are actually quite small, there is simply no reason why we shouldn’t let asylum seekers live in the community – a cheaper and more humane option.

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