Are asylum seekers who arrive by boat doing anything illegal?

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Are asylum seekers who arrive by boat doing anything illegal?

Seeking asylum is not illegal People who seek asylum by boat are not breaking the law.

What percentage of refugees asylum seekers arrive by boat?

Past figures show that between 70 and 100 per cent of asylum seekers arriving by boat at different times have been found to be refugees and granted protection either in Australia or in another country.

How many asylum seekers died at sea?

“The Rudd government’s dismantling of the Howard government’s successful border protection policies directly resulted in more than 51,000 illegal maritime arrivals, including more than 8400 children, while it has been estimated that at least 1200 people (including hundreds of children) perished at sea.

Do asylum seekers arriving by boat undergo a health check?

People seeking asylum who arrived by boat generally received a health assessment on arrival in immigration detention. The detention health services provider completes this assessment.

How many people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea?

So far in 2021, most of the men, women and children who died trying to reach Europe were attempting to cross the Mediterranean, where 896 deaths have been documented by IOM.

How many asylum seekers died trying to reach Australia?

The New York Times reported that more than 600 asylum seekers had died en route to Australian territory between 2009 and 2013. According to the Morrison Government in 2019, more than 50,000 people had arrived by boat and at least 1,200 people drowned at sea during the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years.

What health issues do refugees have?

Health needs commonly identified in refugees and asylum seekers after arrival in Australia include:

  • psychological issues.
  • nutritional deficiencies.
  • infectious diseases.
  • under-immunisation.
  • poor dental and optical health.
  • poorly managed chronic diseases.
  • delayed growth and development in children.

When did the latest asylum seeker boat tragedy happen?

July 24, 2013: The latest asylum seeker boat tragedy sees the death of three people, at least one of whome was a child. 157 people were pulled to safety by Indonesian rescue teams after their boat sank off the coast of Java.

How many asylum seekers have died on the way to Australia?

A suspected asylum seeker boat capsized off Christmas Island last week, killing at least four people. It came a few days after nine people, including a baby boy, died on their way to Australia. No official records are kept by any government agency as to how many people trying to reach our shores to seek asylum are dying en route.

How many people died on the Christmas Island boat?

On 15 December 2010, an Indonesian fishing boat (known as the Janga and referred to as SIEV -221 by Australian Government authorities) carrying 89 asylum seekers and 3 crew members sunk after being dashed against the rocks near Rocky Point, Christmas Island, an external Australian territory. 50 people died and 42 were rescued.

Where did the survivors of the Christmas Island disaster go?

After receiving medical treatment, most survivors were temporarily placed into mandatory immigration detention on Christmas Island. On 24 February 2011, the orphans and their families were released into community detention on the Australian mainland pending the assessment of their asylum claims.

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