As mentioned on the home page of this site, the issue of people seeking asylum in Australia by boat has become heavily political. We want to move away from the politics and focus on humanity instead – these are people fundamentally the same as us.
There has been a great deal of misinformation in the media as well. The purpose of this page is to redress some of the myths and to provide further resources for you to do your own research. This list will never be a comprehensive one as there is so much out there, however we will keep adding to it over time.
The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) provides legal assistance to people seeking asylum in Australia. This video shows why asylum seekers need legal assistance. Would you or I stand a chance in this situation? Watch the video here.
Myths about refugees and asylum seekers: Detailed mythbuster - This page aims to highlight the common myths about refugees and asylum seekers and correct the record for people seeking accurate information.
Refugee Council of Australia Feb 2010 – Report from the Refugee Council of Australia: Economic, Civic and Social Contributions of Refugees and Humanitarian Entrants. Extract from the Executive Summary: Australia’s refugees and humanitarian entrants have found success in every field of endeavour, including the arts, sports, media, science, research, business and civic and community life. Refugees’ stories are extremely diverse; however, there are some commonly mentioned “ingredients for success” including having had community support; feeling motivated to “give back” to society; and having access to training, English classes, mentoring and cultural, sporting and volunteering activities. (page 3)
One camp. Half a million refugees. Countless stories. The Dadaab refuges camp is the largest in the world. The people that live here have remarkable stories to tall – they just need a plaace to share them. Learn more here.
Inspirational stories of successful refugees living in Australia that challenge and shatter many of the myths circulating about refugee communities.
A documentary following the arrival of Tasmania’s first detention centre through the eyes of local Christian woman and knitting club member Mary and Muslim Afghan Hazara asylum seeker Mohammad, who is detained inside the centre – as they connect through the gift of a knitted beanie.
“An extraordinary and gripping piece of documentary filmmaking.” Joost den Hartog – Director Australian International Documentary Conference