A possie in Aussie

March 26, 2009

Asylum seeker numbers increase: treatment worsens

The United Nations reports that there was a 20 per cent increase in the number of people seeking asylum in Australia last year. In a recent report the UNHCR says that all developed nations have experienced a sharp increase, with United States in the lead with 49,000 claims, followed by Canada (36,900), France (35,200), Italy (31,200) and Britain (30,500).

Australia had 5,000 claims. Most asylum seekers are fleeing conflict in Afghanistan and Somalia. Asylum seeker numbers up 20pc: UN

UN: More People Seeking Asylum in Industrialized Countries

While asylum seekers in Australia will be spared the worst of the old detention and Temporary Protection system because of the Rudd government reforms, Andrew Bartlett writes today that the US and Italy have taken up “some of our past discredited, damaging, expensive and inhumane policies in the area of immigration detention” USA follows old Australian road on immigration detention.

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