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19 February, 2004

asylum seekers come to Australia, Aussies flee to US

Asylum seekers come to Australia, Aussies flee to US!
Yes, it is official, according to this 'Persecuted' Aussies flee to US (By Mark Dunn, News.com.au, 19th Feb, 2004)

Privacy reasons prevent authorities detailing specific arguments used by Australians for asylum, but it is known Aborigines have made official complaints to US diplomatic staff claiming racial persecution in Australia and allegations of genocide.

I would only add, Aborigines haven't been treated well, all their lives. This government (Howard) refuses to make an apology to Aborigines.
Few nights ago, riots in Sydney. Had polices treated them well (from past), it wouldn't had happened.

MORE than 30 Australians have sought asylum in the US.

At least two Australians have been granted asylum in America after complaining they faced religious, racial or political persecution in Australia.

Four other Australians await the outcome of US asylum applications.

Privacy reasons prevent authorities detailing specific arguments used by Australians for asylum, but it is known Aborigines have made official complaints to US diplomatic staff claiming racial persecution in Australia and allegations of genocide.

Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, said the Australian applications came as a shock, but Aboriginal claims of persecution could well be entertained by US immigration courts considering asylum.

"I can understand how some Aborigines might complain of a fear of persecution," he said.

Between 1997 and 2002, 31 Australian nationals applied for asylum, US Department of Justice figures show. And UK Home Office documents also show Australians have sought asylum, but the Asian region statistics are not broken down to show precisely how many Australians have applied for refuge.

While several Australians apply for asylum in the US every year, it is extremely rare for them to succeed. Two Australians were granted asylum in 1999 and 1997.

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To read full story: 'Persecuted' Aussies flee to US (By Mark Dunn, News.com.au, 19th Feb, 2004)

Posted by Antony on 19 February 2004 3:59 PM | newstalk

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