Refugee HUGE announcement- details still coming

The Prime Minister’s announcement toady to release people from detention centres to the community while their claims are processed is LOGICAL.

This year 1500 were released from detention between February and June to suburban houses and church homes all over Australia- AND THE SKY DID NOT FALL IN and no one ran away.

This was done quietly under the table- it worked- it is humane – it is legal and it costs less than detention.

Cost per per year in Detention centre is $137,317

Cost per person per year in community $11, 248

Detention is not a deterrent.

Year Number of boat arrivals (persons)
1991 214
1992 216
1993 81
1994 953
1995 237
1996 660
1997 339
1998 200
1999 3721
2000 2939
2001 5516
2002 1
2003 53
2004 15
2005 11
2006 60
2007 148
2008 161
2009 2849 (includes crew)
2010 6879 (includes crew)
2011 (to 30 June) 1675 (includes crew)

TPV’s introduced in 1999 – boat arrivals up
Mandatory detention introduced in 1992 – did not stop the boats.

Who is in detention

31st July 2011- last published figures

5,780 people in immigration detention

1,591 are refugees and are awaiting security checks

600 are stateless- have no country to call home or place they can be sent t

872 are children

2,110 have been in detention for over 12 months

LETS FIGHT TO Make this work.

Pamela Curr Campaign Coordinator Asylum Seeker Resource Centre 12 Batman st West Melbourne 3003 ph 03 9326 6066 / 0417517075 “NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE AN ASYLUM SEEKER”

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