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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Refugees finding their place in Broadmeadows

02/03/2012

Published by Hume Leader

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The story said

Last week the Victorian Arabic Social Services (VASS) in Broadmeadows, Melbourne hosted a forum in association with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) to discuss Australia’s refugee resettlement program. Delegates from over twenty countries were in attendance. Leila Alloush, manager for the VASS noted that “We have an inclusive program which caters for all multicultural groups that benefit from our programs”, and the organisation is an example of refugee settlement services best-practice.

Did you know

Australia was built by boat people. Once released into community, refugees make important social and economic contributions to our society and enrich our multiculturalism and diversity by bringing with them their cultural, skills and determination.

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