I'm an ambassador for amnesty international, campaigning for refugees rights. Amnesty works to protect the safety of millions of refugees who are forced to flee their homes to escape war, genocide and torture. The main debate of this issue is of national security vs human rights. Every Australian has their stance on this and for those that oppose it, often believe that “we are letting in terrorists”. This generalisation, based off ill-legitimate fear, is anything but true. In fact, it is just racist. According to the the Australian Parliamentary Library, between 70-100% of people who arrived by boat have been found to be refugees. This means, these individuals have been forced to leave their
This topic of this essay will be about Asylum seekers in Australia. Detention centres are meant to be a safe place, while Australian officials try find documents and I.D. However, 27 humane, innocent citizens have died in these so called “safe” detention centres. Yet the Government has done zilch to improve the status and condition of the Asylum Seekers and Detention Centres. This is why Australia must allow Asylum Seekers to enter the Australian community. If the government allowed Asylum Seekers to enter the community, then their rights will improve immensely, they will be educated while in situated Australia, and finally the government will be able to reduce funding for detention centres.
Another technique used in the documentary to challenge the viewers’ assumptions was the use of narration to present facts about the refugee situation. These facts and figures give the viewers a truthful and realistic picture of the situation. Some beliefs that exist in Australian society are that we are taking in too many refugees; they are criminals, they are taking over Australia, using Australian tax payers’ money and changing our culture. However, we are presented with facts and figures that change our assumptions. For example, more than 30 million people have fled their homes with nothing but the clothes they wear, boat smugglers charge up to and over $10, 000 US dollars, 13, 000 refugees are accepted annually only 2,000 of those refugees arrive by boat. Despite what many people think, like Raye who believed refugees in Australia are “handed everything on a gold platter,” life in detention centres is hard. In Villawood Detention Centre, over 9 months, three detainees committed suicide and 18 caused self-harm.
Political unrest and local war happens around the world all the time. Many people live in a dangerous situation and suffered from violence. Hence, large amount of asylum seeker undertakes a huge perilous, try to cross the ocean and arrive Australia. To deal with this issue, Australian government enacted mandatory detention policy and offshore processing policy, these policies become highly contentious in the community with many arguments and criticisms. This report will focus on the nature and purpose of these immigration policies and the impact towards the asylum seeker as well as the criticism form international. To propose some advice about how the future policies should be framed.
The focal issue of this argument is when an Asylum Seeker arrives in Australia without a visa, they are required to stay in detention well beyond the period of time it should take to gather basic information about an asylum claim, health identity or security issues. This can lead to an asylum seeker often being detained for months and sometimes for years. Under the Migration Act (Cth.) 1958 there is no time limit on this detention and only very limited review by the courts is available. The ‘United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty’, rule 11 (b) (UNHCR) considers ‘detention as; confinement within a narrowly bounded or restricted location, where freedom of movement is substantially curtailed, and where the only opportunity
The immigration minister at the time viewed the actions of the refugees as a strategy to ensure entry to Australia. Despite being advised that there was no evidence that children had been thrown overboard many government officials and the media continued to spread this misinformation. The media's representation of asylum seekers and its power the influence the public’s opinion can become a tool for the systematic oppression of immigrants.
In May 2004 the then immigration spokesperson, now Prime Minster Julia Gillard, said that ‘Labor will end the so – called Pacific Solution- the processing and detaining of Asylum seekers on Pacific islands- because it is costly, unsustainable and wrong as a matter of principle’. Back then Labor party closed down the Nauru centre and processed all asylum seekers onshore and at Christmas Island. And now the Labor Party is implementing the pacific solution again and it is also known that unaccompanied children and minors are being sent offshore to process their papers. With the new legislation and new
Sadly, that's the harsh reality for many asylum seekers, seeking refuge in Australia as they are arbitrarily detained. Good morning or afternoon. It has been a profound honour to be invited to address you about the eloquently breach of basic human rights asylum seeker face while being detained in our shores. Mandatory detention should be abolished as it causes indiscriminate health risk. Instead, the Australia government should allow asylum seekers to settle into the community. We should be viewing asylum seekers as a humanitarian issue instead of a political one.
This essay explores how unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) are oppressed in the UK. An unaccompanied asylum seeking child is a person under the age of eighteen who has left their country of origin in order to seek refuge and is ‘separated from both parents and are not being cared for by an adult who, by law or custom has responsibility to do so’ (UNHCR, 1994:121). They are therefore applying for asylum in their own right.
Asylum seekers or refugees have fled their countries’ due to volatile circumstances such as war, or fear of prosecution. Upon arrival in Australia they are moved to detention centres. Detention centres hold people who have come without a visa, any non-national and all unauthorised boat arrivals (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2014). These centres hold refugees for indefinite periods and in poor conditions. They are used as a spectacle to represent illegality and a threat to Australian society (Marfleet, 2007, p672).
Good morning delegates of the youth parliament and observing members. Today I stand before you to discuss an issue that continues to evoke high emotions and create deep divisions within Australian society. I refer to the matter of refugees and Australia's immigration policy. Not since the second world war has the world faced such an upheaval with so many people displaced. In 2015 there were 65.3 million people forcibly displaced from their homes because of conflict and persecution. Developing countries hold 84% of refugees while wealthier countries like Australia prioritise the need to reduce asylum seekers within their borders. The current policy contravenes the proper treatment of refugees and asylum seekers; because regardless of their mode of entry, once here Australia has a duty to provide protection.
The aim of this essay is to discuss the issue of children in immigration detention centres both on mainland Australia and in our off location centres (Christmas Island and Nauru). In March 2014 there were a total of 1,068 children in detention centres. I will be addressing the key areas in which having these children in detention is not only affecting them as individuals but also how this is affecting the common good a whole and hopefully work towards a solution so that we can all work towards the common good.
Before 2014, there were no education systems in Australia for Refugee children. The department of immigration and border protection and the Western Australian Catholic Education Office expressed concerns about the onsite schooling environment, now asylum seeker children held in mainland detention centers are able to attend local schools if they are enrolled. This is a massive step forward in the education rights and the futures of refugees.
- Asylum seekers – including children – have been detained in immigration detention centres indefinitely and for prolonged periods of time
People don’t usually pile onto boats and trucks, illegally crossing borders and risking their lives just to find a nicer place to live. So what are the terrible things happening to cause so many people to flee their home countries and take such desperate measures to do so? In the article “Things to Know About Europe 's Migrant Crisis at Land and Sea,” Michael Martinez of CNN points out that “The reasons for the mass movement are as varied as the nationalities of the people involved.” Most of the migrants are fleeing war, persecution, and terrible economic states (Martinez). Taub provides an even more specific answer to the “why” question regarding this crisis. Over four million people have fled Syria in the last four years because of their ongoing civil war. Taub observes the current Syrian civil war situation with a detailed description: