Asylum seekers and refugees: fact vs fiction
Understand the facts about asylum seekers and refugees and help dispel myths
Each year, millions of people are forced to flee their homes to seek protection from persecution because of their race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinions.
There is much misunderstanding in the community about why and how people seek protection, and what happens once they arrive here. This has led to negative stereotypes, the development of many myths and a belief that asylum seekers arriving by boat are acting illegally.
Because of this, asylum seekers are not only one of the most vulnerable groups in Australia, but also one of the most marginalised.
So before you form your opinion, learn the facts, not the fiction.
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For more information about asylum seekers and refugees, visit:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Refugee Council of Australia
Australian Human Rights Commission
Department of Immigration