“Leaving your country for good is one of the hardest decisions you can be forced to make.”
It is not illegal to seek asylum in Australia, even if arriving by boat.
“My children are safe and we can finally sleep well for the whole night, without fear and bomb blasts.”
In Australia, there is 1.1 refugee for every 1,000 people.
“I’m really concerned about the misconceptions about refugees coming to this country.”
In 2010, 6,879 asylum seekers arrived in Australia. That’s only 6.8% of the seats in the MCG.
Chaman Shah Nasiri
“After I left, my father was tortured so badly he died in prison… The same would have happened to me.”
Australian Centrelink benefits for an asylum seeker? $0.
“We knew the boat would be very dangerous, but there was nothing else. Everything else was hopeless.”
The number of refugees who have arrived by boat, and who have been terrorists? Zero.
“When we left, mum & dad had already accepted that we were all going to die. You risk everything on a boat.”
In 2009, 8,427 sought asylum in Australia – compared to 45,197 in the United Kingdom.
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