A possie in Aussie

July 22, 2009

Why are there so many boat people coming to Australia?

Why is there a surge in numbers of Afghan asylum seekers arriving by boat in Australian waters?

* 2008 was the most violent year in Afghanistan since 2001

Civilian casualties resulted from the actions of both anti-Government and pro-Government elements, roughly evenly split.

The pattern of deliberate attacks on civilians by /Taleban /forces, summary executions, massacres, the deliberate and systematic destruction of livelihoods through a “scorched earth” policy, and forcible relocation are widely reported.

* One out of every four refugees in the world today is from Afghanistan

* Civilian casualties have increased by 40% on last year

* Afghans have fled to 69 different countries –2.6 million are in Pakistan and Iran

* The top 15 destination countries of Afghan asylum-seekers in 2008 recorded an increase in numbers

United Kingdom (3,700 claims),

Turkey (2,600)

Greece (2,300)

Italy (2,000)

Tajikistan (1360)

In South-East Asia, 1,617 Afghan asylum-seekers arrived in 2008, compared to 900 in 2007. They arrived in India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and now Australia.

Thanks to Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre for alerting the Aussie Possie to this information, from the UNHCR Eligibility Guidelines for Assessing the International Protection Needs of Asylum-Seekers from Afghanistan July 2009

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