Daily Archives: March 24, 2010

Report on Palestine

After only 7 hours on Australian soil Palestinian Sameh Habeeb gave his eyewitness account of what happened during the assault and the ongoing siege of Gaza since December 2007.

An audience of mainly students and activists in Brisbane heard Sameh stress his was not a personal story.

It has taken considerable effort for him to get here (Brisbane) from London.

He was thoroughly checked by the Australian immigration officials on arrival at Brisbane International Airport and has been under surveillance and attack in the UK.

He said that the whole population of Palestine is under attack. What the media refers to as the ‘Gaza war’ was ‘a one-sided massacre’. And even before that he said that Gaza was ‘under siege since Hamas took office’. Since the intifada (uprising) of 2000 Palestinians have been unable to get sufficient work or food in Gaza.

The siege affects all sectors of daily life. Sameh had a photo slide exhibit [he is a photo journalist studying in London]. Continue reading

Real facts on Asylum Seekers

MORE HYSTERIA and selective statistics will be splashed over the tabloids today [and the broadsheets (sic)]. Here care of Refugee Council are the real facts.

They will give you comfort and also help argue the case for a reality check on Asylum Seeker issue.

IN case you are wondering about 40% drop in arrivals to Italy on the front page of THE AUSTRALIAN today. It comes at a human cost which no Australian should support.
Berlusconi and Gaddafi have done a deal which involves stopping boats at sea, without checking whether the people have a refugee claim, they are brutally and forcibly pushed off the boats into the hands of the Libyan Navy. Then they are transported to hellholes in Libya.

There woman are raped, men are beaten, some die and and survivors are taken into the desert in trucks and dumped.

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090620/local/detention-in-guantanamo-libya

http://www.savethechildren.net/alliance/media/newsdesk/2009-07-10.html

The Opposition might think this a good solution but they forget that Indonesia is not Libya.

The Indonesian government does not have the stomach for this sort of brutality even if some Australians do.

Pamela Curr
March 2010

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March 24, 2010

AUSTRALIA MAKES MODEST CONTRIBUTION

TO PROTECTING VICTIMS OF PERSECUTION

Last nights release by UNHCR of 2009 statistics on asylum applications in industrialised countries emphasises that Australia’s share of global asylum applications remains very small, the Refugee Council of Australia says.

In 2009, Australia received 6170 asylum applications, just 1.6% of the 377,160 applications received across 44 industrialised nations, Refugee Council CEO, Paul Power, said. Of the 44 nations, Australia was ranked 16th overall and was 21st on a per capita basis.

No doubt some politicians will try to make political capital out of an increase in asylum applications in Australia of 1400 on the previous year. However, the applications received in Australia must be viewed in light of the numbers of the 286,680 applications received in Europe and the 82,270 applications received in North America.

The industrialised countries with the largest number of asylum applications in 2009 were the United States (49,020), France (41,980), Canada (33,250), United Kingdom (29,840), Germany (27,650) and Sweden (24,190).

Afghanistan was the single largest source country of people making asylum applications in industrialised countries. The 940 applications lodged in Australia by Afghans made up only 3.5% of the international total of 26,803. Afghans were four times more likely to lodge an application in Norway than in Australia.

These figures should put to rest any claims that Australia is being flooded by asylum seekers. The only flood we are seeing is of self-serving political rhetoric.

“It is clear that refugees continue to seek protection in stable democracies which respect international law and human rights. Even though Australia’s share of asylum seekers is small, Australia should still be proud to be included among those receiving countries.

Our country is making a modest but valuable contribution to protecting people from persecution, a practical demonstration of Australians strong opposition to oppression.

Media enquiries:

Kate Gauthier

Communications Manager

p: 02 9211 9333

m: 0414 876 139

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ASYLUM APPLICATIONS IN 44 INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES 2009

1. United States 49,020

2. France 41,980

3. Canada 33,250

4. United Kingdom 29,840

5. Germany 27,650

6. Sweden 24,190

7. Italy 17,600

8. Norway 17,230

9. Belgium 17,190

10. Greece 15,930

11. Austria 15,830

12. Netherlands 14,910

13. Switzerland 14,490

14. Poland 10,590

15. Turkey 7,830

16. Australia 6,170

17. Finland 5,910

18. Hungary 4,670

19. Denmark 3,750

20. Cyprus 3,200

SOURCE COUNTRIES OF PEOPLE MAKING ASYLUM APPLICATIONS IN INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES, 2009

1. Afghanistan 26,803

2. Iraq 24,341

3. Somalia 22,558

4. Russian Federation 20,367

5. China 20,100

6. Serbia 18,597

7. Nigeria 13,310

8. Iran 11,479

9. Pakistan 11,184

10. Georgia 10,994

11. Eritrea 10,164

12. Mexico 9,987

13. Sri Lanka 9,979

14. Zimbabwe 8,527

15. Bangladesh 6,189

16. Armenia 6,226

17. Bangladesh 6,189

18. Dem. Rep. of Congo 5,189

19. Syria 5,029

20. Guinea 4,969

WHERE AFGHAN ASYLUM SEEKERS SOUGHT PROTECTION IN 2009

1. Norway 3,871

2. United Kingdom 3,535

3. Germany 3,302

4. Austria 2,233

5. Sweden 1,694

6. Belgium 1,659

7. Greece 1,510

8. Netherlands 1,281

9. Hungary 1,194

10. Turkey 1,009

11. Australia 940

COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN OF PEOPLE SEEKING ASYLUM IN AUSTRALIA IN 2009

1. China 1,186

2. Afghanistan 940

3. Sri Lanka 553

4. Zimbabwe 344

5. Iran 303

6. Iraq 288

7. Pakistan 256

Figures drawn from Asylum Levels in Industrialized Countries 2009, UNHCR, March 2010

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