I am trying to find a blog post I read a couple months ago written by a woman that had arrived by boat, her story of why they arrived the way they did, why they had no documents, etc. But I can't remember the title so it's quite a google search!
I did come across this ad from Amnesty International which is worth a watch.
Also, a few pages back somebody commented on how everyone continually comments on how little of the world's refugees Australia takes and it was a pointless comment because other countries are larger (population, livable land mass, etc).
Australia has about 25 million people and took 15,800 refugees in 2012 (not the media reported 17,000). Sweden is smaller than Australia by population and land mass (only about 9 million people) and took 43,900 refugees in 2012. Austria I think we can agree is much smaller than Australia and also only has 8.5 million people, they still took more than Australia with 17,400 refugees in 2012.
Last edited by Kirst33; 21-07-2013 at 12:00.
This comment represents the need for people to further educate themselves on how the system works and why. It is a human right to seek asylum. People should not be judged by how they're getting to Australia or other countries and that includes perceptions on whether people "jump the queue" or not. What is needed is proper and efficient assessment so that the facts can be established and utilised accordingly. I don't think this will happen in PNG but, again, until the govt releases its implementation proposal it's hard to know what will happen or whether there will be a High Court challenge that will change the course of this new policy. However, I find it particularly galling that someone claiming to be a refugee - a person who apparently demanded the right to asylum and took advantage of that same right - could be so sanctimonious and prejudicial about others in the same position as she says she was.I am not saying they don't have a right to apply for protection, all i am saying is that we should de-link the number policy, so method of arrival does not advantage/disadvantage those with heaps of money to spare and buy their country of choice verses those playing by rules.
Let's just all remember that there's no queue etiquette when you're running for your life!
Also, again, Indonesia and Malaysia are not signatories of the convention, therefore asylum seekers have no rights or protection there.
Last edited by Kirst33; 21-07-2013 at 15:50.
I don't consider myself a bleed heart. I do consider myself someone who can empathies.
Indonesia does not have any legal framework for refugees as well as not being signatories to the Convention. Asylum seekers are treated as illegal migrants and cannot work to support themselves or feed their families or send their children to school.
People need to stop thinking of Indonesia from the view of Australia where most of our contact is through holiday resorts. Much of Indonesia has terrible poverty.
Vp - seriously, people tell you to watch and read things all the time - and it just seems to go in one ear and out the other. I don't expect you to read and watch stuff if you don't want to - but then why keep engaging in the topics - this post just shows how little you know about the entire situation. Refugees are considered illegal in Malaysia and Indonesia - they are often on the run from the authorities on the streets etc and if they get arrested some will never be seen again. Seriously -these are not places that hold human rights in any esteem.
But let me guess, they escaped on country, so another country that doesn't value them as people should be good enough - right?
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