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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Asylum seekers are gold for jailer

25/06/2011

Published by The Daily Telegraph

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The story said

The private company that runs immigration detention facilities in Australia, Serco, has reported profits of $369 million in 2010, nearly triple its earnings in 2009. This increase is largely attributed to the rise in the number of asylum seekers in detention in Australia.

Did you know

Australia remains the only country in the world with a system of indefinite, mandatory detention for asylum seekers. Not only are there terrible human costs to this system, but the financial costs are also extremely high. It is very expensive to run detention facilities in remote locations, and to keep people locked up for years on end. If asylum seekers who arrived by boat were allowed to live in the community (once their health and security checks were complete) while they waited for their refugee claims to be processed, Australia would save hundreds of millions of dollars.

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