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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Australia Eases Policy on Detaining Asylum Seekers

25/11/2011

Published by The New York Times

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The story said

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has come out in support of the government’s recent policy shift on asylum seekers arriving by boat. This new framework will allow those that pass the necessary health and security checks to now be eligible to live in the community on bridging visas, while their claim for asylum is being assessed. First priority will be granted to asylum seekers and refugees that had been detained for the longest periods. The opposition immigration spokesman – Scott Morrison – argues that the government’s new stance weakened Australia’s immigration system and could cause more people to risk their own lives by boat.

Did you know

Whilst the Labor Government’s current refugee system is somewhat fairer, Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers is still very tough by international standards. Nearly all the boat arrivals in recent years have been people from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Burma – countries which are active war zones. No government policy can change the fact that people are fleeing for their lives and that asylum seeker arrival numbers do follow regional and global trends.

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