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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Growing number of refugees fail ASIO assessment

02/11/2011

Published by Lateline – The ABC

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The story said

The Australian Government is experiencing policy difficulty with regards to the growing number of asylum seekers who are granted refugee status but denied security clearance. Described as ‘complex cases’, these people are in limbo, unable to return to their country of origin, unable to enter into the community and face indefinite detention. The government asserts that they will not compromise on matters of national security. This response has been criticised as dismissive, with no avenue of appeal available to those facing the frustration, helplessness and hopelessness of indefinite detention.

Did you know

If asylum seekers are found to have committed a serious crime, they are denied refugee status. Refugees are not a threat to national security, but themselves face the threat of statelessness and personal security. Infinite and mandatory detention leaves people vulnerable to physical and mental health issues, as well as imposing high financial costs on the nation.

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