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Recent changes in Australian refugee policy

Recent years have seen numerous changes to Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies, largely as a political response to an increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat (51,637 arrivals in the five years to December 2013) and a consequent increase in deaths at sea between Indonesia and Australia (at least 862 deaths recorded over the same period).[1] Both of Australia’s major political parties have attempted to address this issue through deterrence-based policies which block access to protection in Australia and impose penalties on people who arrive by boat. This document summarises some of the more recent policy changes.

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Australia's immigration detention Facilities

The 2,200 people that the Australian Government has trapped on Nauru and Manus Island cannot wait for safety any longer.

Their civil war may have ended, but the numbers of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka are on the increase.

Tamil refugees being transferred from their vessel to an Australian Customs ship

Australian consul general to South India Sean Kelly addressing the media on Friday at his Chennai office as deputy consul general Jon Bonnar looks on. He said, Sri Lanka refugees from Tamil Nadu not welcome in Australia.

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